“Back”, the Italia Bellissima vase

when art meets craft skill

A pot, outcome of the collaborative effort between M. Arch. Andrea Capellino, founder, and P & G Ceramiche Artistiche. We discuss this with Marco Pimpinelli, head of the artisan company based near Perugia, in Italy.

Italia Bellissima “Back” vases, in majolica, are the result of a productive process carried out entirely by hand, using the long-standing techniques of “G & P Ceramiche Artistiche”. The shape recalls the soft and sensual curves of the Mediterranean woman, of her back, fascinating and maternal lines like the ones of the Italian landscape.

The most important steps of this process are hand-creation of the vase, starting from clay and using mechanical lathes. These machinery are employed by craftsmen to shape and mold items with the simply aid of water and their manual dexterity. Forging will be useful to give the vase a first shape (draft); it will necessarily need to be refined to bring it to the shape and to the desired final dimension by means of the next phase of turning.

The clay utilized is naturally occurring on the spot, extracted, refined and previously cleaned in the quarry before to come to the artisan workshop already available to treatment. This material originate from sedimentary rocks as igneous ones, which, through time, alter and decompose themselves. Depending on the area in which it is formed, and by layering with other materials, it may have different characteristics.