The art of manufacturing ceramic
When handcraft become art
Ground, fire, air and water: are the four natural elements essential in the old art of Ceramic.
Fire and air represent the elements which allow to the clay to become ceramic and to the glazes and the colors to connect them to clay forever, to create unique artworks.
At the end, there is the water, that since the ancient times represent life, it is used in ceramic to mix the doughs and to combine the colors, to unite elements that apparently couldn’t be mixed together.
This is the moment at which red clay pass from simple dough of ground and water to become artifact. In this way, in the competent hands of our Ceramic Experts the clay takes shape, using the lathe or using hand mould or press. After the shaping the artifact goes through a natural process of desiccation at the air to allow a gradually loss of humidity and its plasticity is fixed. After this stage, it is possible to cook the article.
It is the time that the shape given to the ground by our Ceramic Experts pass into the furnace at the high temperature of 960° so that the shapes given by the artisans remain fixed forever.
The colouring, is usually made with the immersion of the article in a white layer which will be used as base for the decoration. In case it occurs, it is possible use also other technique to decorate the object: by aerograph or icing. The particular colour used to decorate is the typical colour “White Vietri” that is a semi-transparent off-white that gives to the colors a brilliant effect, that is typical of old ancient production of Vietri.
The principal colors of our ceramics, handiwork realized with ancient recipes jealously kept, recall the colors of the south Italy: Blue printing, Blue Overseas, Old Blue, the Yellow of the Sun and the Amalfi Coast Lemons, Vietri’s Yellow, Copper Green, Light Green, Orange and Vivid Red. The color used are part of an old and severe guideline: they are made of water, they are non-toxic because they are food-safe materials and can be used into the dishwasher.
The technic of decoration of our Decorator Experts on the Vietri white is carried out with freehand drawing and, then, the color is applied manually. Our realizations present decorations inspired by the Vietri tradition, but they don’t refuse new decorations to revisit the tradition itself.