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Alessandro Lai

  • This statue of a goat is the first of a series of animal figures dedicated to the island wildlife. This small object of affection is made with the Naked Raku technique, which gives the piece of work a contemporary and original visual profile.

  • The "Sa Mustra" bowl collection, inspired by the decorative motifs of ancient Sardinian chests, available in different variants with the typical plover decoration, combines with the symbols of Nature's four elements: earth, fire, water and air.

  • The "Sa Mustra" collection, inspired by decorative motifs of ancient Sardinian chests, available with different lapwing decorations, makes clear reference to the four natural elements: water, earth, fire and air.

  • The archaic figures of the Archer, of the Tribal Chief and of the Warrior, taken from the Nuragic civilisation, are tastefully reinterpreted in these ceramic sculptures, embellished by the original colour rendering of the surfaces obtained through personalised reduction

  • The passion and the study of Sardinian traditions resulted in the creation of figures inspired by the local carnival costumes: Mamuthones, Boes and Merdules, shaped with skill and made even more striking by the use of dark wood colours, crafted in a terracotta mould and then hand-refined.

The artisan

The Alessandro Lai's love for pottery began with a passionate and thorough understanding of the ancient pottery of Sardinia, which led to experience a self-taught colombino (coiling) technique with technical and formal solutions inspired by  pre-Nuragic cultures. His artistic studies and his technical expertise allowed him to open his suggestive studio in the center of Iglesias. His personal approach to ceramics is made of theoretical research and practical experimentation. His professional skills are enriched through lathe-forming, while his personal research path led him to experiment the Naked Raku technique, that characterizes some of his most original productions.

The collection

The productions by Alessandro Lai include both tableware and decorative objects. The "Sa Mustra" collection includes of dishes and containers, lathe-made and characterized by customized motifs, such as lapwings. It also includes objects of refined aesthetic taste: small toy houses depicting picturesque views, barbaricino carnival masks inspired by ancestral rites, refined small goats, panels dedicated to mining architectures.

The technique

The processing techniques characterize the different collections: the lathe work is dedicated to the dishes, decorated with graffiti, slips, coloured with oxides and coated with unleaded yellow glaze. The Naked Raku technique, through the implementation of specific technical actions, creates interesting effects of light and shade, applied to goats and decorative tiles, while the houses and the masks are shaped by hand and baked in a kiln fuelled with wood.

More details on the Mediterranean Crafts Archive

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Where to find them

Indirizzo:
Ceramiche Alessandro Lai Via Satta, 23 09016 Iglesias (CI)

E-mail: lai.mad@libero.it

Telefono: +39 338 9102798