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Wild clay and red ochre wash from Puisaye

Turned at the wheel

Fired in oxidation at 1250°C

⌀ 24,5 cm, h 24 cm
Stamped with material details and UA/Clara Holt logo on the base



No one pokes their nose into the small world. A people of beings with wide hats and earthy feet. Fragile to the touch, and deadly to the tongue. In the soggy fresh soil, snails crawl, clothed only in their tiny homes. Sensuous curves, gentle bites.



The clay for this vase was foraged from the Puisaye region. The red oxide wash is made from limonite pebbles sieved from the clay itself. 

The vessel was thrown at the wheel and later decorated with the sgraffito technique.


The Puisaye region in France has a secular pottery tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, also thanks to the vast high fire clay deposit it sits upon.



About Clara Holt x Unurgent Argilla

Sonia Pasquinelli, aka Clara Holt, is an Italian illustrator and a decorator. She completed her classical studies and has always had a passion for classical literature, Greek epics and the surrealist current, which guide her in her research and personal interpretation of her subjects. Each piece is a one-off, illustrated with a drawing inspired by places, mythology or childhood stories. 


Nina Salsotto Cassina is an Italian ceramicist. In 2019 she founded Unurgent Argilla, focusing on material research of non-industrial wild materials. Unurgent Argilla is a vocabulary of wild materials, a study of what’s around us, repeated on spherical vessels, which she uses as a canvas to convey a spatial narrative. The final vases function as both signposts and autobiographical archival memories. 


In 2021, Clara Holt and Unurgent Argilla started a collaboration to narrate specific places through their combined styles of storytelling: materials and decoration.

Together they are working on a series of vessels and tiles made and decorated with different wild clays and rocks collected throughout Italy. Each piece is thrown and the illustration is specific to the setting where the materials were collected. Their first vessels together focused on volcanic rocks from Pantelleria, they are now working with a wider range of wild high fire clays, slips and oxides foraged mainly around the Alps.




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Available to purchase via OwnArt

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I eat mushrooms, I am slow | H. 24 cm | By Clara Holt x Unurgent Argilla

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