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Giacomo Alessi

Giacomo Alessi Ceramicist
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Telling the story of Sicily

  • • Giacomo considers himself both artist and artisan
  • • He supervises seven very skilled and passionate artisans
  • • His son, Claudio, also works with him

The renowned ceramicist Giacomo Alessi is deeply linked to the history and culture of his homeland, Sicily – a crossroads of people and cultures – and also influenced by avant-garde ideas linked to the time he spent in Milan. With his ceramics, he seeks a universal story that can speak to the world and to new generations. Clay is the canvas upon which he paints the history of the Mediterranean. It is especially important to him that the tradition of making ceramics in his city, Caltagirone – known as the city of ceramics and world famous for its tiled 'scalinata' (staircase) – does not disappear or become characterised by low quality souvenirs for tourists. That’s why his work is the result of constant research into materials and techniques.

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Works

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The Owl of Athena

The Owl of Athena is a symbol of wisdom and mystery and is the muse that has always inspired Giacomo’s artistic production. The bird is depicted here in polychrome ceramic.

Height 50 cm

Giacomo Alessi Ceramicist
Photo:
The Owl of Athena

The Owl of Athena is a symbol of wisdom and mystery and is the muse that has always inspired Giacomo’s artistic production. The bird is depicted here in polychrome ceramic.

Height 45 cm

Giacomo Alessi Ceramicist
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Non Vedo (I Can’t See)

Two hands cover the eyes of this ceramic head-shaped vase. The vessel was entirely handmade by Giacomo and is evocative of the traditional designs of southern Italy.

Height 50 cm

Giacomo Alessi Ceramicist
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Moor’s head vase

Stately and versatile, this anthropomorphic vase from the Heritage collection represents a Moor wearing a mustard yellow turban and necklace. The piece was entirely handcrafted. Giacomo used just three colours for this piece, which is a dynamic homage to Sicily’s rich Moorish artistic influence.

Height 35 cm

Giacomo Alessi Ceramicist
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Woman’s head vase with light blue turban and crown

This handcrafted anthropomorphic vase representing a Sicilian noblewoman bears testament to the island’s rich artistic and cultural history. The woman’s ivory skin tone is enhanced by the cobalt blue turban, adorned at the front by a moon and topped with a crown.

Height 37 cm

Giacomo Alessi Ceramicist

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