Maria Giuliana Collu
Maria Giuliana Collu’s ceramics can be placed on the fine line that links art to craftsmanship, pure aesthetic form to everyday objects, contemplative inspiration to the concrete wisdom of manual handcrafting. Born in Assemini, Maria Giuliana first handled clay as a child in the handicraft workshop of her aunt and uncle, who were potters. Creative and with a natural artistic flair, she took several artistic paths, experimenting different techniques and sectors. A milestone in her artistic path was the encounter with a Japanese artist that opened up new expressive scenarios. She rediscovered ceramics as an elective form of expression almost by chance; thanks to this, she also rediscovered her origins, as point of arrival of a long artistic experience. The original intuition was followed up thoroughly through numerous specialisations thanks to which her production has a national and international standing. Her effective creations, marked by a clear “language”, are promoted in events and exhibitions that bring together the excellences of the sector, Argillà Italia in Faenza, Festa Internazionale della Ceramica in Montelupo Fiorentino, Fuori Salone in Milan, Centro Des Art in Portugal, just to name a few.
A master of formal abstraction and of the rendering of raw material on enamelled surfaces, Maria Giuliana Collu creates bowls, vases, plates and lamps as a pretext to recreate foaming waves, seashells and seabeds, burning stones, minerals and concretions, arid lands, or lace and intertwined elements that appear to be carved out of the island context. There are several lines of home decor: Sea World; Bistimentas and Donna Bistimentas; Terre e Fenu and many more. These lines are complemented by a line of jewellery and other unique artistic creations which she proposes in contemporary exhibitions.
This talented craftswoman handcrafts all her creations entirely. Shaping starts form the sheet of clay that she handcrafts, embosses with motifs and finishes with plastic additions. Her pictorial touch in the rendering of enamels is worth highlighting, as a fruitful experiment in the artistic domain.
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