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Ceramics

  • This picture with ceramic modules depicts a little girl setting lapwings free, adding a breath of life to one of the typical designs of the Sardinian iconographic tradition.

  • The central decoration of the lapwings, a personal interpretation of the ancient symbol of Sardinian traditional iconography, is realised using the sgraffito technique on the white glazed surface of this large and spectacular ceramic plate, revealing the warm colour of terracotta.

  • A striking textile element realised using a handloom in collaboration with a group of expert weavers of the village of Aggius, and which is a fine reference to the local textile tradition, is inserted into this large ceramic fish, which stands out for its distinctive plastic effects.

  • These light, contemplative birds in elegant positions are made with a distinctive trait in sophisticated harmonious shades, enhanced by raku glazed ceramics.

  • This glazed ceramic tray features a dynamic rectangular shape. Hand-made and decorated, the object is characterized by a decorative visual profile crafted on a  white clay "pintadera", the traditional bread mold featuring stylised decorative motifs.

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.