Simonetta BerrutiImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Via delle Lastre 14 /5 Prato, 59100 Prato, Italy, .
Telephone: +39 (0)349 1816397
Mobile: +39-349.1816397
Email:
Web-site: www.simonettaberruti.com
Availability: My studio is always open to visits, only must phone first.

Directions: My studio and abitation is situated in the city of Prato, 20 km from Florence Italy.
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Joined on: 2007-07-30
Last Updated: 2011-09-04

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

About my art concept, my sculptures must seem more natural as possible: the artistic works must be like a a natural object , shells , stones,a big grain of rice, the leaves, the bones.The artistic intervention must seems a secondary part respect to a work that must live for own tension.

Current Work

Current Work

My works are all stoneware glazed sculptures

Technical Information

Technical Information

For all my ceramic works I used grès.The glazes used for these sculptures are all glazes fired in an oxidizing atmosphere in an electric kiln oven at 1200 degrees.
The formula of the white glaze is formed by a composition, its major component is feldspathic sodium, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, baric carbonate, zinc oxide and bentonite. From this base other coloured oxides are added at variable percentages ( cobalt oxides for blues and greys ) and oxides based on praseodymium and zirconium ( for yellows and greens).
The red – yellowish highlighting are the result of the addition of glazes derived from iron such as ilmenite and rutile which create a more “vibrant” and less dull effect on the surface.
All sculptures in this gallery are created by the technique ”lucignolo”, which is by hand; rolling the clay in long strands and building up the form. It is an extremely slow procedure which however permits the creation of even large dimension forms consisting in starting from a base from which small pieces are slowing added and modelled according to the desired form. Given the plasticity of the material, the work must often be suspended in order to wait for the ground to consolidate.
Once the form is complete and the surface is “ leathery hard” one intervenes with small pointed instruments, lamé and steel needles to create the engraved reticulated and corroded effect which is a dominant characteristic of the works.

Background History

Background History

Born in Varese, I moved to Prato (20 Km to Florence) where I studied the classics and received my degree in antique literature in the archeological context (etruscology).
At the same time I began to be interested in sculpture, at first guided by Leonetto Tintori, famous painter and restaurer of frescoes and successively from 1991, ceramics with the sculptor and potter Salvatore Cipolla.
In 1995 I founded together with other four ceramicists the group "Keramèia", with which I exhibited in diverse cities.
From 1998 onwards I have continued the activity of sculptress and ceramicist
on my own partcipating in solo and group exhibitions.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

1995 Prato, Palazzo Pretorio
1995 Montecatini Terme (PT) , Saloni espositivi dell’Azienda di Soggiornoe Turismo
1995 Tenno (TN), Casa dell’Artista
1998 Carmignano, (PO), Palazzo Comunale
2002 Cerreto Sannita, (BN), Biennale di Ceramica
2003 Prato, Galleria New Assioma
2004 Prato, Palazzo Datini
2004 Milano, Galleria In Arte
2004 Genova, Galleria San Bernando
2004 Prato, Galleria Carlo Livi 115
2005 Prato, Cassero Mediovale, collezione del museo d’Arte Moderna Sacra di.Brescia
2005 Merano(BZ), Galleria Martin Geier
2005 Pisa, Centro Arte Moderna
2005 Brescia, Centro “Mater Divinae Gratiae”
2006 Potenza, Galleria Civica Palazzo Loffredo
2006 Bruxelles (Belgium), Cocoon fair : saloon de design et deco
2006 Bastogne(Belgium) Gallerie Leukòs

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Slipware
Handbuilt
Sculptural
Oxidation