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THE ARTISAN

Earthen Artistry by
Salvatore Scaffidi Muta

Sicily, Italy | Ceramicist

Architect, ceramicist, painter, and poet, Salvatore’s creations are born of a range of disciplines and influences, both modern and traditional. But, while his concepts and creations may push boundaries, his work is always distinctly Sicilian.  

“Technique is like the key to Pandora’s Box. It unlocks the imagination. “
– Salvatore Scaffidi Muta

You were born and raised in a small town on the Sicilian coast that has long been a home to master ceramicists and artisans. How did that environment shape your art and craftsmanship?

Growing up, my family was involved in the ceramics business and our home was full of sparkling objects and bright, bold colors. While I did become fascinated with clay and pottery at a young age, my artistic interests were pretty diverse. I had a youthful curiosity and big imagination. The possibilities of shape, color, and form were limitless. Now that I’m older, I can see that my approach to design is more rational, more grounded, but that inquisitive, instinctual boy is still there. No matter what I create, the end result is always a collaboration between these two forces.

As an trained architect, how does that knowledge and experience influence your artisanal work?

I think my background in architecture helps me see space and form in a different way. It also helps me explore what’s possible in a physical, technical sense. This is important because, for me, technique is like the key to Pandora’s Box. It unlocks the imagination, the ideas and inspiration within. And, like in the myth, what emerges from the box can be surprising. It could be delightful or dark, abstract or realist. When I try to bring those ideas to life, both the ceramicist and the architect in me are present.

Your ceramic creations have a distinct look and feel. Can you describe your inspiration and what you’re trying to achieve with each piece?

The renowned architect Le Corbusier believed that each object, whether a skyscraper or a small vase, is, fundamentally, a volume wrapped in a surface. With my ceramics, that majolica surface is where I get to transmit my emotions and ideas onto a terra-cotta form. And the artwork that ultimately winds up on my ceramic objects is the result of a percolation process, the filtering of a vision through a number of mediums. These include watercolor and oils, sketching, cardboard sculpture, and poetry.

I think my work is an updated take on many of the traditional ceramic designs specific to this area of Sicily but my goal is to realize a new conception of home decor and interior culture. One that balances passion and imagination with the functionality our lives and homes demand.

THE ARTISAN

Earthen Artistry by
Salvatore Scaffidi Muta

Sicily, Italy | Ceramicist

Architect, ceramicist, painter, and poet, Salvatore’s creations are born of a range of disciplines and influences, both modern and traditional. But, while his concepts and creations may push boundaries, his work is always distinctly Sicilian.

“Technique is like the key to Pandora’s Box. It unlocks the imagination. “
– Salvatore Scaffidi Muta

You were born and raised in a small town on the Sicilian coast that has long been a home to master ceramicists and artisans. How did that environment shape your art and craftsmanship?

Growing up, my family was involved in the ceramics business and our home was full of sparkling objects and bright, bold colors. While I did become fascinated with clay and pottery at a young age, my artistic interests were pretty diverse. I had a youthful curiosity and big imagination. The possibilities of shape, color, and form were limitless. Now that I’m older, I can see that my approach to design is more rational, more grounded, but that inquisitive, instinctual boy is still there. No matter what I create, the end result is always a collaboration between these two forces.

As an trained architect, how does that knowledge and experience influence your artisanal work?

I think my background in architecture helps me see space and form in a different way. It also helps me explore what’s possible in a physical, technical sense. This is important because, for me, technique is like the key to Pandora’s Box. It unlocks the imagination, the ideas and inspiration within. And, like in the myth, what emerges from the box can be surprising. It could be delightful or dark, abstract or realist. When I try to bring those ideas to life, both the ceramicist and the architect in me are present.

Your ceramic creations have a distinct look and feel. Can you describe your inspiration and what you’re trying to achieve with each piece?

The renowned architect Le Corbusier believed that each object, whether a skyscraper or a small vase, is, fundamentally, a volume wrapped in a surface. With my ceramics, that majolica surface is where I get to transmit my emotions and ideas onto a terra-cotta form. And the artwork that ultimately winds up on my ceramic objects is the result of a percolation process, the filtering of a vision through a number of mediums. These include watercolor and oils, sketching, cardboard sculpture, and poetry.

I think my work is an updated take on many of the traditional ceramic designs specific to this area of Sicily but my goal is to realize a new conception of home decor and interior culture. One that balances passion and imagination with the functionality our lives and homes demand.

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Imagination is the Limit.

Unique design? Different color? Personalization? Our relationship with our artisans means anything is possible.

Questions? Let’s Talk.

[email protected]
Launch Chat
We are here to help you 24/7/365

Stress-Free Shopping.

Stress-free shopping is our priority. Free shipping on all items to over 60 countries and 15 day no-hassle returns.

© 2018 Quattro Momenti. All Rights Reserved

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