Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BF Free to attend
“The paper clay method focuses on the beauty of imperfection”
For the first time in the UK, Contemporary Ceramics is proud to introduce the work of Italian ceramist Paola Paronetto to its gallery in London’s Bloomsbury from 13th July to the 5th August 2017.
The work showcases her mastery of “paper clay”, the result of thirty years of intense research, thousands of hidden hours of practice, and a degree of serendipitous good fortune in the firing process.
“When I open the kiln, I still experience the most beautiful emotions and surprising moments”
Paola still lives and works where she was born near the ancient town of Pordenone near the Venetian Alps. Working from a small, idyllic studio surrounded by rural tranquility, Paola has spent the last decade developing and refining her own version of the “paper clay” technique:
By adding specific amounts and particular varieties of paper or card to her clay, Paola produces a unique formula that allows her to reproduce the textures and surfaces of these two added elements, as well as maintaining an intrinsic lightness to each sculpture. The vessels only arrive at their final form in the firing process, which adds a unique set of creases, folds and angles.
The work takes the forms of everyday objects – bottles, bowls,
cacti – and makes them seem weightless, with textures of scrunched paper and corrugated card. The sculptures, fragile, light-as-air, exude a bold, confident presence.
Grouped together they resemble skyscrapers or sea creatures. Set alone, their individual folds and ridges are transformed by the changing light, complimenting any interior.
Paola’s work has been readily adopted by the modern art and interiors market, and was recently featured in Elle Decoration and Marie Claire among other titles. Alongside her studio work, she also teaches at the renowned Meridiana School of Ceramics in Tuscany. The artist herself will be visiting London to launch the show.
Paola Paronetto: Paper & Clay
Hargreaves & Ball Trust
This Exhibition has been made possible by a donation from the Hargreaves & Ball Charitable Trust.
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Dates: 13th July – 5th August 2017
Private View: 12th July 2017, 6.00pm
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10.30am – 6.00pm
Address: 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF 020 7242 9644