Clay collective

Saturday, September 03, 10 a.m.

Friday, September 02 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 03, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 04 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Clay Collective is an exhibition of ceramic sculpture presenting the outcomes of work developed by 12 hands during the symposium of the same name held in August 2019. The exhibition makes explicit the aims and results through the detailed account of this experience that led to a constructive discussion and exchange between experts in the field and the participating artists.
The artists, Evandro Gabrieli – Silvia Granata – Helene Kirchmair – Karin Putsch – Grassi – Laura Scopa – Antonio Taschini, reconsidering the origin of the term, the work sessions were also accompanied by convivial and conversational moments in which to give space for debate.

The idea, cradled for years by Karin Putsch-Grassi, a German-Italian ceramist who perfected her skills in London and has long resided in Tuscany, thus became a reality; the purchase and renovation of an eighteenth-century farmhouse named “La Casina” in the Leopoldine cadastre went hand in hand with a firm desire to engage in an effective confrontation with other ceramists. Alongside her are in fact promoters of the initiative Evandro Gabrieli, a Roman ceramist, creator and organizer of group exhibitions, and Silvia Granata, from Cesena and an award-winner in several international competitions. After years of meeting on a wide variety of occasions, thanks to a frenetic personal activity full of satisfaction in Italy and abroad, the three identified the symposium form as a new possibility for artistic growth. The invitation for participation was therefore extended to other artists: Helene Kirchmair, an Austrian national and Faenza under40 Prize winner in 2011; Laura Scopa, who has been active for many years in Appignano (MC) with exhibitions in Italy and abroad; and Antonio Taschini, a Roman capable in synthesizing the architectural-historical character of the capital.

Common character of all was the willingness to experiment in the area of contemporary art mediated through clay. In this regard, the group decided to direct the work to be done in the residence, toward modular forms; ideally assembled and modular, the individual parts can form a large installation adaptable to future exhibition situations. The symposium was hosted at “La Casina” in Figline Incisa Valdarno, the first event of the new art space inserted in the Chianti hills. Among other purposes, the initiative aims to serve as a stimulus for the dissemination of good sharing practices.

In collaboration with: Creative Flashes – CiC Contemporary Italian Ceramics Blog.