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MARIA ANTONIETTA | Ceramist

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My craft was born from a personal desire to create exclusive ceramics, well-finished in every phase of the process, original objects that are a perfect mix of tradition and innovation. I started painting in 1975 as apprentice in a laboratory in Deruta, which is always one of the most important Italian centers for the manufacture of ceramics, and then finally, in 1986, I’ve been able to start my own personal lab.
In my laboratory, located in the old city centre, we realize original artistic ceramics, unique pieces fully designed by us or special items made on the client’s request. From the beginning my work was characterized by its consistency with the tradition of the artistic ceramic’s manufacturing, however, accompanied by a push for innovation and originality, expressed in the creation of various lines of decor that told the earth and the landscape from which the clay comes from. My painting was in fact created by the sensations suggested by the colors of the area where I was born: greens, yellows, browns decorations outline glimpses rich of nature, history and tradition which I tried to reinterpret somehow. The creative process I follow is both linear and full of complexity: I choose the terracotta’s object that is going to be decorated, I smooth it, I dust it and I submerge it in a bath of white shellac. Once the object is dry, I touch up the piece and then I paint it. The colors I use are lands and metallic oxide powders mixed with water. I love mixing colors to get many nuances: being able to paint the endless variations of green of a forest is a challenge for me ... and a splash of fire red can give life to my ceramics. My experience led me to run the freehand decoration with immediacy and spontaneity, not only with the awareness that every time I’m the protagonist of a real creative act, but also with the suspense that this entails and that every ceramist has before a kiln load of his creations is opened.

MARIA ANTONIETTA | Ceramist


THE STORY
My craft was born from a personal desire to create exclusive ceramics, well-finished in every phase of the process, original objects that are a perfect mix of tradition and innovation. I started painting in 1975 as apprentice in a laboratory in Deruta, which is always one of the most important Italian centers for the manufacture of ceramics, and then finally, in 1986, I’ve been able to start my own personal lab. In my laboratory, located in the old city centre, we realize original artistic ceramics, unique pieces fully designed by us or special items made on the client’s request. From the beginning my work was characterized by its consistency with the tradition of the artistic ceramic’s manufacturing, however, accompanied by a push for innovation and originality, expressed in the creation of various lines of decor that told the earth and the landscape from which the clay comes from. My painting was in fact created by the sensations suggested by the colors of the area where I was born: greens, yellows, browns decorations outline glimpses rich of nature, history and tradition which I tried to reinterpret somehow. The creative process I follow is both linear and full of complexity: I choose the terracotta’s object that is going to be decorated, I smooth it, I dust it and I submerge it in a bath of white shellac. Once the object is dry, I touch up the piece and then I paint it. The colors I use are lands and metallic oxide powders mixed with water. I love mixing colors to get many nuances: being able to paint the endless variations of green of a forest is a challenge for me ... and a splash of fire red can give life to my ceramics. My experience led me to run the freehand decoration with immediacy and spontaneity, not only with the awareness that every time I’m the protagonist of a real creative act, but also with the suspense that this entails and that every ceramist has before a kiln load of his creations is opened.
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EXPERIENCES WITH MARIA ANTONIETTA

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THE ROUTE OF THE POTTERY

Maria Antonietta, ceramist

20

With this experience we will travel along the creative path that I follow to make my ceramics; it is therefore provided a full tour of the laboratory during which I will explain the main stages of the realization of artistic ceramics and I'll tell you about the history of traditional and contemporary ceramics in Umbria, illustrating the tools that enable the production of my creations. You will also have the opportunity to do a little test of painting on ceramics. To complete the experience I will show you some of my works located along the picturesque street of the old town where my lab is.

PERUGIA, Pg

WORKSHOP

THE COLORS OF CERAMICS

Maria Antonietta, ceramist

60

The creative experience is a path that we will do together in order to understand the important phases of the processing of ceramic art while creating a custom object decorated by you. In fact you will have the opportunity to get familiar with the ancient technique of majolica decorating an earthenware artifact made available by the laboratory (plate, cup or tile ...) or creating a little jewel. You will have a taste of history with paints and brushes in your hands: majolica is made in Italy since a long time ago (Deruta, Faenza, Amalfi etc.) and it consists in the clay coated with a layer of glaze and painted with oxides and soils. This technique is therefore the result of a long tradition, to which you can combine the originality of decorations: my ceramics are conceived in this way and the creative experience that we will share will confirm it. What you will create will be unique and, of course, it will be yours: you can pick it up at the laboratory after cooking or you can receive it by mail (in Italy) without any additional charge.

PERUGIA, Pg

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