Wild pink granitic clay and weathered basalt from Ardèche
Fired in oxidation at 1220°C
⌀ 31.5 cm
I saw two swans the other day.
Their whiteness ruffled pillows of soft feathers.
You said: do you know that with their wings they can break a man's arm?
They glided in the gentle undertow, between swirls and eddies.
They reminded me of those little swan-shaped pedal boats from which we used to dive down the river.
You said: do you know that swans constantly put their heads under water obsessed with having their shoes untied?
The materials for this large tile were foraged in Ardèche. The refractory body comes from a deposit of weathered pink granite, while the vitrified clay that decorates it is made of a partially weathered red basalt found nearby.
The tile was decorated with the sgraffito technique.
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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