Traveling to other territories, listening the sounds of another language, looking at calligraphies like silent maps, perceiving smells, indecipherable messages, other ways of living. The everyday and the Strangeness of existence. Nothing human should be alien to us.
Coming face to face with other realities makes sharpens the five senses, forces us to be more attentive in case that magic appears that dislodges everything, serendipity, present more than ever, letting go, eyes wide open, porcelain
The senses are our door and our window to the world. And my senses were more alert and engaged than ever in Jingdezhen, where I had the luck and pleasure to experiment with its incredible porcelain, observe great masters, and enjoy a city alive, full of art and humility.
These pieces were created during my two-month stay in 2019 at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, in Jingdezhen, the Chinese capital of porcelain, which is almost like saying the capital of the world.
This experience opened new paths for me to delve into my own work, find unsuspected directions, observe the processes (often the path is more enriching than the result), experiment without end.
I want to thank the entire JCI community for their generosity, for their help, for making me feel so welcome. They made Jingdezhen feel like home despite being thousands of miles from my hometown.
I also want to thank my wonderful collaborators, Simona and Raimonda, for being part of my project. With their looks and their image they made my pieces take on meanings that I did not suspect.
This work is only a beginning. That deep blue pigment that dyed everything in Jingdezhen has crept into my retina, like a beacon. Could it be that the Yellow Sea merges into the Atlantic coast where I was born and reminds me of the delicate and deep celadon enamel, like the sea?.
Pottery is a navigation chart
Be careful, desire has consequences…
Porcelain and firebrick
Waiting for the Future