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Ceramics

  • Richly decorated, this exquisite bride’s jug is crafted by this ceramist with technical virtuosity, faithfully evoking the decorative iconography reproduced by her Assemini-born father, Efisio Usai, keeper of a ceramist family tradition.

  • Inspired in its playful forms by the rocking horses in painted wood, these small ceramic sculptures are characterised by the prized stylistic synthesis emphasised by full and monochromatic glazing, enriched by few fabric, leather and gold leaf elements.

  • Raku ceramic bowls of various shapes with elegant brightly coloured mottles against the matte black surface. Handcrafted as unique pieces, they are available with various decorations and manufacturing details.

  • The "Sa Mustra" collection, inspired by decorative motifs of ancient Sardinian chests, available with different lapwing decorations, makes clear reference to the four natural elements: water, earth, fire and air.

  • Hand-crafted and carved artistic and decorative ceramic tiles featuring a balanced composition of subjects inspired by the plant and animal worlds of Sardinia. The typical stype of this potter is characterized by technical expertise and care for details, expressed in free forms.

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.