Ancient ceramic technique

One day, the idea of creating triangular dishes struck me. I wasn’t even sure if it was possible to craft them by hand. I envisioned them with a smooth, satin surface, adorned with a subtle craquelure to add intrigue to the white color. I also contemplated adding a touch of color, perhaps a light blue, with natural and almost random effects. However, I didn’t want to use the Raku technique. Instead, I was drawn to the ancient methods of classical ceramics, and thus, the idea slowly began to take shape.

I crafted custom molds, a process that took about three weeks. Then, I searched for a coating for the pieces reminiscent of the most ancient ceramic techniques; I didn’t desire a typical glaze but rather a white finish. I aimed for a beautiful, soft white – warm, enveloping, and silky to the touch. After finding a suitable formula, the next step was verification. I ordered stoneware directly from Germany, which took three weeks to arrive. Finally, I commenced the work.

Creating the wide and thin shapes posed a challenge. After numerous attempts, I managed to achieve results close to my vision. After about twenty days and several kiln firings to vitrify the coatings, I had samples. However, it wasn’t enough; I needed to find a specific kiln for the second firing to bring out the desired effects on the pieces.

I reached out to Giorgio Azzaretti, a teacher, friend, and expert in primitive firing techniques, to explain my research. We agreed on a special kiln. In the end, the outcome was extraordinary – unique and distinctive pieces emerged from the process.

Ancient Ceramic Technique

In the Mountain

Giorgio’s Studio
Giorgio’s Studio
Loaded the Kiln
Unpacked the Kiln
The process
Giorgio’s Work
The primitive fire
The nature around
The end of a beautiful day and the beginning of a new research

Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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