“Materia Ceramica” by Maria Antonietta Taticchi

Every piece, a piece of Umbria.

1. What do you create and propose to your customers in your workshop? I create and propose unique hand-painted pottery. 2. Why are your creations unique? Every piece is absolutely unique and hand-painted as if it were a painting. Some objects of the same form and the same type of decoration are similar but never the same. 3. What materials do you use and transform? Do you employ any special techniques? In every work phase, each terracotta piece is carefully processed. Decorations are made free-hand and with the point of the brush on glazed terracotta. The decorations of the objects are inspired by their form. The landscape that surrounds me and that I love, with its medieval villages, Etruscan walls, the water of the rivers and lakes, olive trees, vineyards and fields of wheat and sunflowers…, invades the white surface of my pottery. The final baking at 940°C of the glazed and decorated object transforms terracotta into majolica and colours acquire the right shade becoming unchangeable over time. 4. Where did you learn how to do this work and how long have you been doing it? Will you pass your wealth of knowledge and experience on to anybody else? I learned to decorate pottery in a workshop in Deruta when I was 16. When I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia, I decided to open my own workshop, choosing to make my production one of quality and not of quantity. My work is organized with the thought that someone might carry on my activity after me, …but a great deal of passion and patience are required as well as the awareness that the reward is great personal and …not economic satisfaction! 5. In what way does your activity belong to the history and traditions of this city? I love painting views of my city. Since the beginning of my activity, my main admirers have been the people of Perugia. My work is mentioned in an important text dedicated to the Basilica of San Domenico in Perugia. The municipality of Perugia commissioned me to make tiles for the paving of the square in via dei Priori in front of my old workshop. Moreover, the parish priest commissioned me to create an image of the Madonna to be placed in the restored shrine in via dei Priori. 6. What is your personal way of participating in the future of Perugia? I work in my city, which was once famous for art and craftsmanship, and I am committed to bringing it back to the way it used to be. 7. What arouses your enthusiasm and what makes you the proudest of what you do? Painting Umbrian landscapes and architectural views of the city on pottery for daily use having a vast range of shapes is always a challenge. What is important to me is not the time required to paint a piece, but the final result. I chose to make a production of quality and not of quantity. I can say with satisfaction that my pottery has reached all parts of the world. 8. What is the greatest emotion that you would like to convey to someone who buys one of your creations? The satisfaction and the pride deriving from the piece I have created. In the case of a piece that has been commissioned, my commitment to satisfying the customer. I would like every customer to take home the passion I feel for my work. 9. How would you persuade, in a few words, a customer to enter your workshop? “Here you will find unique and original pieces created by me in this workshop.” 10. What are your customers’ most frequent comments about your creations? In 1986 Francesca Abbozzo wrote a review of my work, which began as follows: “Who enters the small pottery workshop situated in the historic centre of Perugia is immediately seized by a sense of cheerfulness, serenity and peace. A simple table plate can tell the story of an enchanting walk.” Who enters my workshop is still impressed by the colours and expresses the same emotions. My customers thank me for the work I carry out and encourage me to keep it up.

L’Alveare di Maria Antonietta Taticchi – Materia Ceramica, Via dei Priori, 70 – 06123 Perugia Tel.: 075 5730252 www.materiaceramica.cominfo@materiaceramica.com

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