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Ceramics

  • This large square plate, characterised by the first class metallic and iridescent effects of the glazed surface, is decorated on the edges with the addition of square plastic elements in contrasting colors, joined together using a twisted gold-coloured cord.

  • The ram is depicted with refined descriptive synthesis in this small sculpture, detailed in the relief plastic effect of the surfaces that reproduce this animal's curly coat.

  • The essential shape of this cylindrical vase with a prized satin black surface is enriched by the plastic element with silver and golden glaze.

  • Piatto in ceramica decorato a mano, caratterizzato dalla decorazione ispirata al mondo marino realizzata con l’antica tecnica della graffitura su smalto bianco che mette in risaltto attraverso ampie campiture, le sfumature aranciate dell’argilla.

  • The organic shape and faded colors suggest references to places and marine atmospheres. It belongs to the collection of objects made by hand, in which the designer's inspiration follows the natural inclination of the material.

Il settore

Local pottery production started during the Neolithic age, featuring peculiar characteristics that evolved during the Nuragic age. Neolithic pottery productions explored the female body, rounded also in pottery production, being a representation of the Mother goddess. Nuragic pottery featured simple and stylized designs, a tribute to the strength of war.

 

In the following ages, the regular exchange of imported pottery, linked to the interaction of different cultures with Sardinia, made it difficult to define what local production really was, since production became a self-sufficient expression of modern age, only when stylistic features and technical procedures were define and kept unchanged until recent times.

 

For instance, terracotta was slipped and glazed. Few and functional models were lathe-crafted: pitchers, marigas, containers, sciveddas, pans, pingiadas, flasks, frascus, bowls, discus, and other types of pots and pouring receptacles.

 

The setting is rural and pastoral. They are objects of daily use, for the transportation and and storage of water, baking, the preparation of desserts and food products. Yet, embellishments and expressive characterizations are also used. The festive versions are used during solemn occasions, anniversaries, rituals, and are part of the set of votive tools. They are made by the most skilled figuli, using graphite and decorated with plastic additions, plant motifs and the figures of saints and other religious and good-luck symbols.

 

 

These productions that belong to the local material culture, together with the productions of other sectors such as hand-made weaving, jewelry, carving and basket weaving, share a secret language, and intimate and evocative jargon.