Clay takes shape on Biancoflash
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“Potter’s Wheel” is the new visual book of Biancoflash, Favini’s range of white and ivory papers. It demonstrates the high quality and versatility of printing through the works and tools of six different ceramists, all specially photographed and printed on Biancoflash.
Turning a lump of clay into a work of art is one of the most direct forms of creativity. From the hands and fingers directly in touch with the clay and also in immediate contact with the emotions, as the wheel turns and the shape emerges. This is not so different to the experience of touching the surface of the paper, in this case Biancoflash, whilst observing the printed image.
We asked six ceramists, each with their own distinctive style, to lay out their own favourite tools on their potter’s wheel next to the works that they created.
Read on and take a leaf through the visual book “Potter’s Wheel”. Discover the potters next to their works of art and admire the images printed on Favini’s high quality paper Biancoflash.
The minimal shapes of Ali Tomlin
Ali Tomlin works in porcelain, throwing simple and elegant forms. The simplicity of the forms allows her to create individual, contemporary pieces. She favours leaving some of the porcelain white and untouched, giving a blank canvas to decorate, using scored lines, textures and bold colour, giving a sense of spontaneity and movement.
Her work tools were reproduced in the visual book and printed on the Natural version of Biancoflash, this paper is characterized by a delicate shade of white and has a pleasantly smooth surface; whilst the bright colours of her pots have been enhanced by the Biancoflash Premium paper.
Inspiration from nature for Emily Myers
Emily Myers works in red stoneware clay, providing a contrast between the turquoise glazes set against the background of chocolate brown. Her work has a strong organic influence which is reflected in the carved lines within her pots, mirroring the rolling hills and ploughed furrows that surround her.
We see some of her works of art reproduced on the white paper Biancoflash Master, while the wheel displaying her favourite tools are printed on the brilliant white paper Biancoflash Premium.
The pots made with closed eyes by Antonio Bonaldi
Antonio Bonaldi, a ceramist from Bassano del Grappa (Italy), is obsessed with the material and its limits, surfaces, textures. Consciously avoiding to view shapes as the start point for decoration, instead considering the clay for its own surface, colour, shaping and firing marks.
High temperature wood firing relieves the ceramic artist of any responsibility for decoration that may spoil a shape which, in its own way, is just right. The logical consequence of this attitude of choice is to create vases with shut eyes, literally without looking. It is the potter’s hands and their sensitivity alone that are responsible for any aesthetic judgement which is subsequently completed by the firing process.
We can admire some of the vases created this way in Biancoflash’s visual book “Potter’s Wheel” and Antonio Bonaldi’s favourite instrument: his hands.
Colour contrasts for the works of Katharina Klug
Katharina Klug’s work is about simplicity of design and shape. She loves to play with proportion and detail to craft a visual pleasing object, while deliberately embracing any imperfections on her surface pattern designs.
We can observe that her work is characterized by the strong contrast of freehand lines and the marks that follow the curve of the object with her bold use of colour. The image is printed on Favini’s Biancoflash Natural paper.
Patterns and inspirations from space for Michelle Daniels’ vases
Michelle Daniels specializes in hand thrown stoneware and raku fired vessels. Her stoneware work is decorated using impressed stamps, cogs, buttons and cutter wheels which add the pattern to her surfaces. Michelle’s raku work is inspired by both ‘naked’ and glazed raku vessels and it currently focuses on photographic images of Earth and Jupiter, as seen from space.
The tools with which she creates her vases are laid out on the wheel and printed on Biancoflash Master, while some of her creations are printed on Biancoflash Premium.
The creation of the Regalina by Leonardo Collanega
The creation of the Regalina, which we see printed on the Biancoflash Natural paper, continues a traditional technique which has its roots in the sixteenth century and which still uses the same material of that time: red clay. It is thrown by hand and shaped to take on the stylized appearance of a hen.
The formed piece is left to dry and sponged to smooth out any imperfections to its surface. It is then fired in the oven, glazed with majolica and painted always with different patterns. Decorated in a spontaneous way to capture the inspiration of the moment, meaning there is a uniqueness which marks its production at every stage.
An example of the colours and patterns that decorate the Regaline can be seen in the visual book “Potter’s Wheel”: the image is printed on Biancoflash Natural paper chosen to reproduce and to enhance the nuances of the finishes of these particular artworks.