The baking with blast-fire reduction technique that we use allows us to obtain shimmering colors, iridescent reflexes, so that every piece has unique, often inimitable features. The decorative themes are historical reinterpretations or completely original ones, but always on that path of research that makes this territory so distinct.

 

A classical inspiration

Faenza, home of the art of ceramics during the late Middle Ages. The ceramists of that time definitely tried to imitate the porcelain and painted ceramics that were coming from Asia and Middle East. During the 16th century, Faenza stood out from the other ceramic production centres, and defined its own style, that sums up the culture of the era, a mix of Byzantine, Roman, Eastern and Islamic elements. From this tradition results our decorative research, that we like to define “Mediterranean”.

The working

From the “calanchi” (badlands), the clay is extracted in lumps, then left outdoor and exposed to rain and cold, that will wash away solid impurities.
After being cleaned from the organic residues and finely chopped, the clay is brought back to its plastic state to be shaped on the lathe.
Then, the potter turns it into vases, bowls and dishes. These items are dried first, to allow for accurate detailing. Then, once the process is complete, it is baked at 960°C.
The resulting object is a porous terracotta, with a light red color due to the presence of iron oxide, suitable to host a glass based coating and matting oxides.
The surface now looks white, and it can be decorated with colours in the shape of extra thin dust, created though metallic oxides.
Finally the vitrification baking takes place, at a temperature of 920°C. Such product is named “maiolica”, renowned all over the world under the name of “faenza” or “faience”.

vignoli 1

 

Details

Model : PIETANZA

Designer : SAURA & IVANA VIGNOLI

Editor : BOTTEGA VIGNOLI

Period : 2018

Origin : ITALY

 

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