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Maria Ana Vasco Costa

Maria Ana Vasco Costa Ceramicist
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From architect to ceramicist

  • • Maria Ana found ceramics at the end of a journey of self-discovery
  • • Her ceramic works impress with their size and three dimensionality
  • • She stretches the limits of traditional tile-making

Maria Ana was on a brilliant career path as an architect in London working with the likes of Sir David Adjaye and Sir Terence Conran, yet something was missing. Returning to Portugal, she thought of studying visual arts, but when she visited the ceramics department of ArCo art school in an old farm with roosters running free, Maria Ana knew instantly she would study there. As she did so, she started to explore making large three-dimensional pieces in a contemporary interpretation of traditional Portuguese tile making. The Surface Design award she won in London in 2016 encouraged her to continue. Today, Maria Ana still goes to ArCo, no longer as a student, but as head of the department.

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Works

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Oumuamua

Maria created this site-specific sculpture from glazed earthenware. Maria draws on her passion for architecture, exploring the relationship between form and the surrounding space. This form exemplifies her passion for combining traditional tile making techniques with contemporary design.

Length 46 cm
Width 48 cm
Height 48 cm

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Plinth

Maria created this site-specific green toned plinth from glazed earthenware. Maria draws on her passion for architecture, exploring the relationship between form and the surrounding space. This form exemplifies her passion for combining traditional tile making techniques with contemporary design.

Length 65 cm
Width 25 cm
Height 50 cm

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Veículo Longo

Maria created this site-specific sculpture from glazed earthenware. Maria draws on her passion for architecture, exploring the relationship between form and the surrounding space. This form exemplifies her passion for combining traditional tile making techniques with contemporary design.

Length 137 cm
Width 13 cm
Height 40 cm

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Installation View, Plinths

Maria created these site-specific plinths from glazed earthenware and glazed stoneware. Maria draws on her passion for architecture, exploring the relationship between form and the surrounding space. These forms exemplify her passion for combining traditional tile making techniques with contemporary design.

Maria Ana Vasco Costa Ceramicist

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