L'istituto d'arte "Ballardini " di Faenza riapre i corsi di Perfezionamento ARTE E TECNICHE DELLA CERAMICA
I'm happy to put here the links sent to me by the very talented and sweet Antonella Cimatti about the new courses that her art institute in Faenza, is starting this year:
As there is now, since some time, also a site
where my ceramic work is shown, this blog is
quietly changing ; a place to post not only my
ceramic works, but something more of my
world; my inspirations and daily found
poetry; like these images of the most exquisite
little lanterns I found in my garden...
I promised you a Rose Garden, Folded Love Letters
and Tokens of Love to be seen in L'Alcora and in Aveiro
(the exhibition in L'Alcora is prolonged until 11 october)
the story of the found and lost (destroyed!) necklace...
something different; there is n't any porcelain ....!
Without my kiln, for a while, finally I mounted some of the smaller pieces, that I keep 'collecting'; my trials and errors and my color- and form tests, these test pieces somehow manage to start a life of their own as jewelery pieces or sometimes as little animals. Maybe because I find it really difficult to throw anything away.. (one never knows if they could turn into something...) and because these small scale trials inspire and keep me going... If they turn out interesting, I try to find out other possibilities. The cushions brooches I have been making for a while, have three layers of thin porcelain, the bottom layers are closed, so in baking they 'rise' nicely!. (I just made an appletart for Sanne's birthday, so this phrase is in style..) and the third layer has holes for the 'pins' and pearls and the stitching.
Honorable mention 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 (CEBIKO), Korea
Biennial of Manises 2009 (Spain)
Biennial of Aveiro 2009 (Portugal)
L'Alcora 2009 (Spain)
"Folded Love Letters series" 2ndpremium CERCO 2008 (Zaragoza, Spain)
L'Alcora 2008, Spain
Biennale de L'Esplugues 2008, Spain
Gold Coast Award 2008, Australia
Argillà 2008 Fair (Faenza)
Fiera della Ceramica 2008 (Firenze)
(Publication Lark Books “500 ceramic sculptures” (spring 2009)
it is summer and terribly warm and it didn't seem a good idea
to heat the kiln..... but these days I had to....
so it was better to leave my atelier alone
and to stay under the shady trees..
"I promised you a rose garden"
selected for L'Alcora 2009 (Spain)
"...I never promised you a rose garden, along with the sunshine,
there's gotta be a little rain sometimes...", says the song..
But what if I dìd promise you a Rose Garden...??
Maybe with a little love and fantasy my fragile roses will be
strong enough to create all on their own a beautiful garden with
all the fragrances of spring and summer ...
(and of autumn and winter too..!)
'picaflores' or hummingbirds or 'colibrì';
maybe the spanish name is the nicest: it
shows them going inside a flower
and drinking the nectar..
these 'picaflores' are made of porcelain with forged silver
as earrings, they fly near the almost-open-flower-necklace.
I made them a while ago; between cups and bowls
I play and try things out with small designs like
these birds (that flew in my chilean garden)
or like the more abstract ribbed 'bronze' shell,
that is a part of the necklace.
this picture was made with a phone camera
by someone in the garden at night..... :-)
I like especially working late in my atelier, at those hours
when everything seems quiet...