In his copper workshop in Isili, Luigi Pitzalis is the only keeper of an important piece of the Sardinian craft tradition. The coppersmiths in Isili, were traditionally renowned throughout the region for the production of cookware and kitchen utensils, precious items often hanging on the walls of home kitchens as a sign of aesthetic value and wealth. The value of the moulded, hammered, decorated and polished shapes, was enhanced by the high functional performance that the individual copper artifacts provided in their several daily uses. Luigi Pitzalis was born in Isili from an ancient family of coppersmiths. He explains "In nature, shape is determined by function. I am convinced that a fully functional tool is at the same time aesthetically perfect". The concept mirrors his production. Perfect functional and aesthetic items echo values of a distant past by providing the forms the meaning of a successful project, reinterpreted in a more contemporary way and, ultimately, as a timeless object.
Luigi Pitzalis' production consists of kitchenware made of copper and are characterized by an excellence performance during all cooking phases and a clear aesthetic value. Pots, large cauldrons, accessories and pans of different types, shows the typical forms of the Sardinian tradition enriched by a precious craftsmanship that requires great skill and expertise. With a renewed interest in cooking and food preparation, the craftsman reinterprets a sophisticated and ancient local method, su pratu de cassa, a particular pan for slow cooking which retains the properties and flavors of food. Traditional production is complemented by decoration for environments such as the coverings and finishes for hoods and chimneys, panels and embossed paintings.
The craftsman processes copper according to the ancient tradition of Isili, using typical pole anvils and different hammers to give shape to artifacts and decorations. In the charming workshop, equipped in a traditional way, the craftsman performs his works accompanying the different phases with the sound and the rhythm of the hammer.
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