I believe that the greatest undertaking of the artist is that of professional maintenance. As a matter of fact, along with spontaneous creativity, you indissolubly must add an elevated professional competence regarding technique; through reading and observation, the joy of experimentation, of combining, and of moving forward.
My design is born from a rereading of past artistic production through a filter of formal personal sensibility directed towards the making of a functional or sculptural object. The forms generated are aesthetically accurate and display a strong sense of the real feminine character, of grace, of elegance and of attention to detail.
Thus, “Crespines”, objects originally of Faentinian tradition that were used in the grand European courts of the 16th and 17th centuries, have been remade in porcelain paper clay for a new collection which began in 2005. It was challenging and exciting to create forms derivative of the past, but reconsidered with completely new techniques and philosophies.
These pieces have been formed using an incredibly thin decorative weft that ultimately creates their supporting structure: it’s an art of addition, not of subtraction, as was commonly done in the original renaissance crespines, where the perforations were created by piercing and cutting out shapes from the existing closed forms. The procedure anticipates the moulding with a freehand syringe on concave or convex refractory supports and requires a high temperature firing. Sometimes the forms are then mounted on hand-blown glass bases, which have been designed and commissioned in Tuscany. The round shape is prevalent in my work, which can often be found in Italian Renaissance architecture
They present themselves in this way, like ample goblets in ceramic filigree, a type of interwoven lace of overlapping spirals in precious porcelain “thread” : objects of light and vulnerability, which live in illumination and shadow, in tactility, in supreme whiteness and imperceptible vibrations.
It’s a new way of interpreting this material, of which the confines no longer speak of “physical mass”, but instead of evocative transparencies.
I like working at decorative objects better because they have a role in a given space, they embellish and add to it, they establish a relationship, engage the user. For example the tea pots that are not functional at all. They are designed to evoke the smell of tea. Objects that stimulate emotions and memories, that act as catalysts for experiences and, in some way, encourage dreams.
Porcelain, light installations.
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Antonella Cimatti was born in Faenza. One of Carlo Zauli’s pupils at the Istituto d’Arte (State School of Ceramics) in Faenza, she went on to obtain a degree with distinction from the Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy) in Bologna.
She has been teaching Design at the Istituto d’Arte (State School of Ceramics) in Faenza since 1979.
She completed the following training internships abroad: Doban Decoration Technique (Toki-Gifu, Japan, 1981), Porcelain Filigree (Limoges, France, 1985) and Jewerly Design (Portsmouth, Great Britain, 1988).
She has also taught for brief periods, through projects such as “Artist Fellowship Exchange, European Communities” in Art and Design Schools in Portsmouth, England, in 1991 and at Turnhout in Belgium in 1995.
From 1982 to 1986 she was involved in various artistic research movements which were theorized about by art critics including: “A Tempo e a Fuoco” by Vittorio Fagone and Gian Carlo Bojani, and “De Sculptura” with Filiberto Menna; she has also taken part in numerous exhibitions throughout Italy and abroad with the group “La Nuova Ceramica” curated by Franco Solmi. In addition, since 1986, she has been designing in collaboration with Ceramica Flavia of Montelupo Fiorentino, Murano and Empoli (objects and lamps in glass), the old Fabbrica Casa Museo “Giuseppe Mazzotti 1903” in Albisola Marina, the Liverani-Spadoni Studios as well as with Laura Silvagni in Faenza.
She is currently showing and competing in Italy and abroad (France, Spain, Slovenia, Russia, South Korea, Australia), winning awards and acknowledgments, the most prestigious being the Silver Prize, “The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea International Competition”.Recently her works have been published in Ceramics Art & Perception n°89/2012 , in New Ceramics The European Ceramics Magazine n° 4/ 2010, in D'A n°8/ 2011, cover and article and in Revista Cerámica no. 122/ 2011.
More recently she has been invited to participate in “2009 Nanfeng Kiln International Ceramic Work Camp” in Foshan, Guangdong, China where she created a sculpture using paperclay. In 2010 she was invited to take part in “paperclay | TODAY Artist Symposium”, in Laguna Beach, California and in the shows: “2010 Second International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Teapot Art”, Shanghai, China; “Ceramica storia di donne, Tradizione e attualità a Faenza”, MIC Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, in Faenza, Italy.
In 2011, she was invited to participate in the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial, in the Italian Pavilion, for the Emilia Romagna region, and to the workshop 10 days at the Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale 2011, South Korea, Honorable mention at the Cheongju Craft Biennale,Cheongju, South Korea and she held 2 workshops in New Delhi, Sanskriti Foundation.
In 2012 she had Honorable mention with merit at The 4rd Taiwan Gold Teapot exhibition at Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, she was invited at the MunGyeong Chasabal(Tea Bowls) Festival 2012,South Korea and in China in Shanghai 2012 third China International Pot Art Biennal Exhibition, and in Jingdezhen Jingdezhen International Ceramicexhibition. 2012-2013 Vaselle d’autore, arranged by Nino Caruso, Torgiano, Perugia , Italy.
In 2013 has been artist in residence in Fuping FULE, China, preparing an installation for the Museum. She held a workshop at Faculty of Art and Design - Jan Evangelista Purkyne University,Prague, CzechRepublic and at International ceramic art festival in Sasama, Japan.
She is member of World Crafts Council - Europe.
2014 – Exhibition and Workshop at International ceramic art festival in Sasama, Japan.
2013 - Exhibition and Workshop at Faculty of Art and Design - Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Prague, Czech Republic.
2013 - Artist in residence in Fuping, FULE Museum, China
2013 - MunGyeong Chasabal (tea bowl) festival 2013, MunGyeong, South Korea (catalogue).
2012-2013 – Vaselle d’autore, arranged by Nino Caruso, Torgiano,Perugia, Italy (catalogue)
2012 – Exhibition and workshop , in Vallauris Art Institute, Vallauris, France
2012 - The IV International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, City Museum in Varazdin, Croatia
2012 - Cerco 2012 , Feria Y premio International de Ceramica Contemporanea, Zaragoza, Spain, (catalogue).
2012 - The 4rd Taiwan Gold Teapot Prize exhibition at Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan.
2012 - MunGyeong Chasabal (tea bowl) festival 2012, exhibition and workshop MunGyeong, South Korea (catalogue).
2012 - International Contemporary ceramic art exhibition 2012, Jingdezhen festival 2012, China (catalogue).
2012 – 4X4, Vernice Art Fair, Forlì, Italy
2012 -Ceramics Now Exhibition, The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, and Budapest, Romania (catalogue).
2012 - 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial, in the Italian Pavilion, Turin, Italy (catalogue).
2011 - 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial, in the Italian Pavilion, for the Emilia Romagna region.
2011 - Workshop at the Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale 2011, Korea.
2010 - “Light installations”, solo exhibition, Circolo “Torricelli”, Faenza, Italy.
2010 - “8 scultrici in fortezza”, Bastione San Gallo, Fano, Italy.
2010 - “CERAMICA - STORIA DI DONNE, Tradizione e attualità a Faenza”, MIC Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, in Faenza, Italy.
2010 - “Paperclay | TODAY Artist Symposium Invitation”, Laguna Beach, California, USA
2009 - “2009 Nanfeng Kiln International Ceramic Work Camp”, Foshan, Guangdong, China
2009 - “4° Bienal International De Ceramica “Ciudad de Talavera”, Talavera de la Reina, Spain, (catalogue).
2009 - “Cerco ‘09” , Feria Y premio International de Ceramica Contemporanea, Zaragoza, Spain, (catalogue).
2009 - “ I. International triennial of ceramics Unicum 2009", NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA, (catalogue).
2009 – “Festival of Contemporary art”, eventi collaterali, Atelier Cimatti, ospita Stefano Scheda, Faenza, Italy.
2008/2009 – “Trame di luce”, installazione, (One Person Exhibition), Atelier Cimatti, Faenza, Italy.
2008/2009 – “Biennale delle chiese laiche”, Massa Lombarda, Ravenna, Italy, (catalogue).
2008 – "Arte e Luce nella Ceramica di Deruta”, Fondazione Ceramica Contemporanea d’Autore Alviero Moretti, Deruta, Italy.
2008 – “Coree – Italie” Art contemporain : tableaux, céramique, Galleria Deburaux Aponem, Paris, (catalogue).
2008 – “Festival of Contemporary art”, Openstudio, Faenza, Italy , (catalogue).
2008 - “Antonella Cimatti porcellana e maiolica”, Associazione Suzuka, Palazzo Marchi, Imola, Italy (One Person Exhibition, Catalogue).
2008 - “Lilliput Ceramics” Worls Exhibition of Small & Miniature Ceramics, Cakavec & Opatija, Croatia.
2008 - “100E+ CERAMICHE PER IL PARADISO”, Gabbianelli, Cersaie, Bologna and Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan, and MIC (Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche), Faenza, Italy,(Catalogue).
2007 - “Universo bianco”, arranged by Matteo Zauli, Salone del Mobile, Galleria Bianconi, Milan, Italy, (Catalogue).
2007 - “The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea International Competition”, Yeoju World Ceramic Livingware Gallery, South Korea, (catalogue).
2014- First Prize, Sixth International Small Teapot Competition, AMOCA, Pomona, California.
2013 - Public Prize MunGyeong Chasabal(Tea Bowls) Festival 2013, South Korea
2012- Honorable mention with merit, The 4rd Taiwan Gold Teapot Prize exhibition at Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2011 - Honorable mention, 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition, South Korea.
2011 - First Prize ex-aequo, Seapot-teapot competition , Portugal.
2009 - Selected competition and exhibition - “4° Bienal International De Ceramica “Ciudad de Talavera”, Talavera de la Reina, Spain, (catalogue).
2009 - Selected competition and exhibition - “Cerco ‘09” , Feria Y premio International de Ceramica Contemporanea, Zaragoza, Spain, (catalogue).
2009 - Selected competition and exhibition – “ I. International triennial of ceramics Unicum 2009", NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA, (catalogue).
2008 - Selected for the Exhibition - “The 26th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award”, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia, (catalogue).
2008 - Finalist, “28th International Ceramics Competition l'Alcora 2008”, Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora, Spain.
2008 - Finalist, “2008 Sidney Myer International Ceramic Award”, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton VIC, Australia, in association with La Trobe University (Catalogue).
2007 - Finalist, "Concurso de Diseño y Nuevas Formas en Cerámica", LXXVII Exposición de Alfarería y Cerámica de La Rambla, Cordoba, Spain.
2007 - Silver Prize, “The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea International Competition”, Yeoju World Ceramic Livingware Gallery, South Korea, (catalogue).
2006 - Selected “Omaggio ad Albisola nella ceramica del ‘900”, 5° Rassegna Nazionale Albissola, Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Albissola Marina, Italy, (catalogue).
2005 - First Prize ex-aequo, “Sale in corpo”, Ente ceramica Faenza, Ravenna , Italy.
2004 - First Prize, “Il vaso officinale”, Collegno, Torino, Italy (Catalogue).
2003 - Gold medal, “Il piatto da tavola”, Faenza, Italy.
1994 - First Prize, “Un disegno per la tavola”, Montelupo Fiorentino (Firenze), Italy.
1992 - Third prize, “Steelite International European Design Awards 1992”, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1989 - Selected, “Premio Murano”, 3rd edition, Venezia, Italy (Catalogue).
1985 - First Prize, “Oggetto d’uso e d’arredo per la casa”, XXV^ Concorso Internazionale Gualdo Tadino, Perugia, Italy ( Catalogue).
1981 - Prize town hall of Reggio Calabria, “2° Concorso Nazionale della Ceramica”, Reggio Calabria, Italy, (catalogue).
Campionario, Istituto Statale d’Arte “Gaetano Ballardini”, Faenza (Ravenna), Italy (1975).
Collezione Ceramica Contemporanea, Istituto Statale d’Arte “Frangipane”, Reggio Calabria, Italy (1981).
Laboratorio di “Giocare con L’arte”, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza - MIC, Faenza (Ravenna), Italy (1984).
Raccolta della Ceramica Contemporanea, Istituto Statale d’Arte “ F. A. Grue”, Castelli (Teramo), Italy (1986).
Archivio Industriale Bitossi, Montelupo Fiorentino (Firenze), Italy (1992).
Museum Ariana, Geneève, Switzerland.
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza - MIC, Faenza (Ravenna), Italy (1989).
Centro di Documentazione della Piastrella di Ceramica Italiana, Assopiastrelle, Sassuolo (Modena), Italy (1995).
Museo della Ceramica, Raccolta Contemporanea, Castello di Spezzano di Fiorano, Fiorano Modenese (Modena), Italy (2000).
Museo Internazionale della Donna nell‘Arte, Scontrone (L‘Aquila), Italy (2002)
Giardino dell‘Arte, Istituto Statale d’Arte “Felice Faccio”, Castellamonte (Torino), Italy (2003).
Toki Municipal Institute of Ceramics, Toki-shi, Japan (2005-2008).
WOCEF collections, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, South Korea (2007).
Placas de Artistas, Paseo Santa Lucìa, Nuevo Leòn, Messico (2008).
Coast City Art Gallery, Australia (2008).
Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora, Spain (2008).
Foshan Creative Industry Park, Foshan, China(2009)
Sèvres - Cité de la céramique, France (2011)
Fuping, FULE Museum. China (2013)