Raku by M. Cristina Di Martino
In the enchanting and lively Marina district in the historic centre of Cagliari, Raku Ceramic Workshop has been active for the past thirty years, framed by the steep steps of Santa Teresa. Maria Cristina Di Martino and Salvatore Farci handcraft sought-after and well-known ceramic products mainly using the ancient raku technique: ceramics characterised by neat, playful and experimental lines, with various elegant glazed surfaces and an original style. A reference point for the artistic life of the city, these craftspeople work with tireless creativity, organising meetings and special programs where forms of art are reciprocally contaminated. Still appreciative of the original local dimension of their manufacture, over time their ceramics have been promoted through the major international channels of design, and they now represent the excellence of local craftsmanship.
The well-known and consolidated production of Raku’s art ceramics - to name a few, the series of birds, little puppet theatres, fish and animals - is complemented by a diversified line of practical objects: tea sets and pottery, lamps and other functional objects retaining the strong and distinctive Raku mark, characterised by stylised shapes that enchant with light-heartedness and a poetic touch. Salvatore is always willing to satisfy the clientele’s specific requests, thus crafting unique items that reveal the custom made creation of each piece, performed with technical expertise and strong stylistic sensitivity.
The raku technique is the main technique, although enamelling and slip are also performed. Lathe-shaping and manual shaping are performed.
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