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Alberto Bagetto

Alberto Bagetto Ceramicist
Contact
Italian, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 3356027356
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The essence of ceramics

  • • Alberto is a self-taught ceramicist
  • • He made his own potter's wheel and other tools
  • • Inspired by Mingei philosophy, honesty is central to his work

A visit to Alberto Bagetto's workshop brings you back to the roots of arts and crafts. Alberto is an independent, self-taught potter who captures the essence of his craft, trying to find a balance between materials – stoneware and porcelain, in his case – and actions, between a maker and his pieces, between an object and its function. Honesty and simplicity are his most frequently used words as well as the most obvious features of the functional ceramics he creates, which are made on a potter’s wheel he crafted himself, just like every other tool he uses. Influenced by Bernard Leach and the Japanese Mingei movement as well as by the ideas of Daniel de Montmollin of the community of Taizé in Bourgogne, Alberto's craft is also his way of staying connected to his identity and the rhythm of life.

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Works

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  • © Alberto Bagetto
  • © Alberto Bagetto
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Vases

The stoneware used to make these vases is obtained by mixing German clays with clays from Alberto Bagetto’s local quarries as well as other minerals to obtain a coarse, raw surface. The glaze is a shino glaze, obtained by firing the pots on their side on a bed of seashells. The seashells turn to powdered calcium oxide when fired, and the sodium compounds in the shell pores volatilise and settle on the surface.

Height 55 cm
Diameter 31 cm

Alberto Bagetto Ceramicist
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Small bottle

This small porcelain bottle was hand thrown on a potter’s wheel and wood fired for four days in a modified noborigama kiln in La Borne, France. In this firing process the temperature reached is close to the upper limit for porcelain. The copper red glaze applied to the surface of the bottle interacts with the natural ash deposited during the firing, changing its appearance.

Height 14 cm
Diameter 12 cm

Alberto Bagetto Ceramicist
Photo: © Alberto Bagetto
Yunomi

A yunomi is a tall form of Japanese teacup typically made without a handle. These twisted cups are thrown on the wheel using porcelain and then altered by hand. All the glazes are made from raw materials and are the result of Alberto Bagetto’s personal research. They are certified to be safe for food contact.

Height 6 cm
Diameter 5 cm

Alberto Bagetto Ceramicist
Photo: © Alberto Bagetto
Yunomi

This deep red porcelain bottle is thrown on the potter’s wheel and finally altered by hand. The copper red glaze is typical of Chinese pottery traditions. The deep red hues are obtained by adding small amounts of copper oxide to the glaze and then exposing it to a reduction firing, an ancient technique Alberto Bagetto learned in order to obtain this result.

Height 31 cm
Diameter 21 cm

Alberto Bagetto Ceramicist

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