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Renato Costa e Silva

Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist
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Portuguese, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+351 965539975
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The island explorer

  • • Renato found ceramics after exploring iron, wood and stone
  • • He builds his own high-temperature wood-fired kilns
  • • He experiments daily using volcanic material from the Azores

Renato is more than a ceramic sculptor. He is also a kiln builder, an author, a teacher and an explorer. He left his island of birth, the Azores, at 20 to study architecture in Canada but quickly realised that academia did not satisfy his temperament. Back home he experimented with iron, wood, stone and ceramics. He eventually chose ceramics and builds his own wood-fired kilns. “I wanted to make hand-built sculptures and tried different materials with different masters. I found clay the most fascinating as it is the most receptive one,” he says. An expert in clay and ceramics, his pieces are regularly exhibited in Portugal and abroad and can be seen in public spaces in the Azores.

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Works

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Photo: © Renato Costa e Silva
Porcelain jar

This porcelain jar was initially wheel-thrown as a cylinder and then manually worked into its final form. The appearance of the vessel was created by using a smokeless kiln for the firing. As the name suggests, this wood-fired kiln produces almost no smoke but creates the same effect on surfaces as other wood-fired kilns. Renato fired the jar partially in embers to give the surface its distinctive finish.

Height 35 cm

Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist
Photo: © Renato Costa e Silva
Porcelain jar

This porcelain jar was initially wheel-thrown as a cylinder and then manually worked into its final form. The vessel was fired in a smokeless kiln at 1320°C. This wood-fired kiln produces almost no smoke but creates the same effect on surfaces as other wood-fired kilns. Renato fired the jar partially in embers to give the surface its distinctive finish.

Height 41 cm

Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist
Photo: © Renato Costa e Silva
Porcelain jar

This porcelain jar was initially wheel-thrown as a cylinder and then manually worked into its final form. The vessel was fired in a smokeless kiln at 1300°C. This wood-fired kiln produces almost no smoke but creates the same effect on surfaces as other wood-fired kilns. Renato fired the jar partially in embers to give the surface its distinctive finish.

Height 21 cm

Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist
Photo: © Renato Costa e Silva
Soul Reader

Soul Reader, an installation comprising 27 porcelain pieces, features a combination of three different sizes of moulded hands, heads and bodies. The pieces invite the viewer to reflect on their individual and the collective consciousness. The pieces were made using similar moulds to create a homogeneous feel, before being hand-moulded and finished with a natural ash glaze to reinforce their individuality. The white porcelain pieces were fired in a wood-fired kiln and at 1300°C in a downdraft kiln.

Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist
Photo: © Renato Costa e Silva
Stoneware jar

This porcelain jar was initially wheel-thrown as a cylinder and then manually deformed into its final form. The vessel was fired in a smokeless kiln at 1320°C. This wood-fired kiln produces almost no smoke but creates the same effect on surfaces as other wood-fired kilns. Renato fired the jar partially in embers to give the surface its distinctive finish.

Height 18 cm

Renato Costa e Silva Ceramicist

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