Jacopo Cucci is a ceramicist from Bologna, Italy. In his studio, he hand-crafts functional objects, mainly tableware such as teapots, cups and glasses, as well as decorative vases, mostly employing stoneware and porcelain or clays he personally finds, always experimenting with different glazes and firings.
Thanks to his continuous research, his pieces are truly unique, endowed with original and stunning chromatic and textured effects: after choosing the raw materials, Jacopo shapes each piece on the potter’s wheel or by hand; then he applies his own specially-made glazes and proceeds to fire his creations at high temperature. The resulting items are suitable for everyday use, but are also capable of sparking moments of delight and making social gatherings even more special.
'Underwater Tea', wheel-thrown and altered porcelain with added quartz sand, partially glazed and then woodfired to high temperature for 3 days during last new year's eve in Clay Kitchen (Portugal). This firing developed strong ash deposits which interacted with the clay body and the glaze, h. 6.5 x dia. 8 cm
How important is the material itself to your work?
"The material is the most important thing. The same idea, shape, glaze and firing can give completely different results with different clay bodies. It is essential to understand their possibilities in order to get the most out of them. To do so, a lot of testing and pushing the limits is needed."
"I try to do it with the idea of respect fixed in my mind. I am in fact taking something from nature that could be recycled for ever, and transforming it into something that will last 30.000 years, with great use of energy, so I try to make every piece worth of this ecological burden."
Can you tell us more about the work featured in our Winter Exhibition?
J"This cup was made in my studio in Bologna, Italy. I used a porcelain body to which I wedge quartz sand in. Thrown on the wheel, then altered into shape and then trimmed and footed. I then brought it, along with other pots, to Portugal, by car. With a group of 12 people we had a great firing, over two weeks, starting from December 2022 and finishing in January 2023."
"The cup was glazed with my shino, placed on three small refractory balls, called wadding, which are needed to prevent it sticking to the surface of the kiln shelves, and carefully loaded into the kiln. Once the loading was done, the kiln gets closed and the firing started. For more than 60 hours we took shifts to feed wood every few minutes.
High temperature is reached and kept for few hours, then the firing is complete. It takes some days to cool the kiln down enough to open it without breaking the pots for thermal shock."
"The view, one we opened it, was astonishing: lots of ash was melted over the pieces creating some amazing and unique effects. This single cup was regarded as one of the best pieces of the whole firing."