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Ceramics

  • This elegant square glazed terracotta tray with a wide-brim edge is decorated with stylised lapwings taken from the local decorative tradition and reinterpreted, handcrafted using the sgraffito technique, coloured with delicate brush strokes in shades of light-blueish green and ochre.

  • The collection of small monochromatic woman-shaped artifacts is part of the Bixinau project, launched in 2012 as a 3D tribute to all the women, aunts, granmas and girls who livened up the streets of the village throughout the day, to share advice and opinions.

  • This coffee set and sugar bowl with essential lines is lathe shaped in glossy white glazed ceramic combined in delicate contrast with the matte brown of glazed clay.

  • These little puppet theatres tell simple and sentimental stories, summaries of dynamic moments where time flows on. Handcrafted in glazed ceramic with a variety of compositions, the little puppet theatres clearly express the formal synthesis used by these ceramists to tell stories.

  • This material decorative object is shaped in the form of a stylised wild boad, a common subject of the traditional iconography of Sardinia.

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.