Ceramic has an ancient history, it is in fact used to create artifacts since the Neolithic.
During the ages he met different places and cultures, becoming the object of countless interpretations that accompanied not only the history of design, but also that of man.
Worked for both functional and decorative purposes, ceramics is a very versatile material and at the highest creative level: the ductility of clay makes it possible to create infinite shapes and those who choose it for their work knead and model their thoughts with their bare hands , letting itself be inspired by this technical-artistic process with undoubted charm. Once cooked it solidifies, changes its soul and becomes a witness to its time, ready to be used and admired.
The love for the clay and the manual has brought a family of the women to create in 2012 a pottery workshop. Elisa and Alessandra inherit this passion from their mother Rosanna Cautero and turn it into work, giving life to Cautero creazioni .
Cautero Creazioni deals with ceramic objects for furniture and lighting , jewelry and ceramics for use , including mugs, plates, bowls and ceramic stoneware trays. Their production is the result of a careful research on the raw material to create objects of daily use with unique aesthetics that seem small and precious sculptures. Cutting-edge elements that reflect their taste and personality.
A research that draws inspiration from the journey and the encounter with distant cultures and ethnic groups that is not limited only to the material , but also investigates the form and various processing techniques . Their knowledge and their know-how, with the passing of time, have improved thanks to the study, continuous improvement and comparison with colleagues ceramists.
To make their ceramic products use different techniques . At the beginning the technique that they preferred was Raku : it is a process of smoking the pieces imported from Japan, which involves the extraction of incandescent pieces from the furnace with subsequent fumigation. During this second cooking the piece is extracted from the oven at a temperature above 900 ° C. The blackening of the typical cavity of this process is formed on the enamel coating due to the thermal shock and occurs in contact with the piece with organic substances.
Over the years, improving their knowledge, they have focused on the technique of Saggar Firing . It is a primitive technique of oriental origin whose term derives from the fusion of the English words safe-guard and identifies the container (muffle) that is used inside the oven to cook the product. The peculiarity of the pieces of furniture made with this technique lies in the perfect finishing of the piece, previously molded to an electric lathe or with the technique of the colombino. These are unique and unrepeatable pieces for the effects of smoking that are obtained by cooking with oxides and organic materials. For the realization are in fact used special clay mixtures that are characterized by a good structural elasticity.
They also use the Paper Clay technique, especially for the creation of lamps, which allows playing with the thickness and lightness of the material, creating suggestive effects of transperence. It is a method of working with ceramics that attracts artists and ceramists and involves the insertion of cellulose into the mixture before cooking. Hence the name that incorporates the English words paper (paper) and clay (clay). The choice of Cautero to use porcelain with this technique allows to obtain an effect of purity and candor given by the white of this noble material.
Cautero not only deals with the creation of ceramic objects. In fact, if this material intrigues you, you want to learn more about this world or if you already work with ceramics and want to learn new techniques, know that, in addition to the possibility to visit the laboratory located near Udine by telephone appointment, courses are also organized periodically. Over time, renowned masters including the Faenza master Giovanni Cimatti , Luca Trippaldi , Maria Grazia Collini , Terry Davies and many others, have been invited to give in-depth lessons on the topic.
Cautero also collaborates with kindergartens and kindergartens , as a volunteer activity, to raise awareness of clay and to develop children’s imagination through manipulation.
Among the projects for the new year, the collaboration for a new publication by chef Davide Larise is active. The renowned chef has collaborated with Pietro Leemann at the Joia di Milano, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Italy awarded with a Michelin star. In fact, the ceramics of Cautero creations for the book that will be published shortly by the chef have been chosen. Here are some photos of the project in preview.