La Bottega d'Arte by Roberta Casu
Roberta Casu, an imaginative and resourceful ceramist, explores with distinguished style and craftmanship subjects and inspirations that derive from the island tradition. Naturally gifted with artistic talent, which was evident from a very young age, Roberta studied to be an art teacher at the Art School of Oristano, renowned for a long tradition in ceramics, where she became familiar with the relevant techniques and started her highly rewarding stylistic research. Ceramics became her personal art form, so she carried out her apprenticeship at local artisans’ workshops up until 2001, when she set up her own workshop, La bottega d’arte, in her native town, Sanluri. She works tirelessly, crafting a wide range of ceramic accessories for the home, recognisable in style and in the perforated decorations, consisting of angels, Janas, moorhens and other traditional subjects. Definitely a go-ahead dynamic personality, Roberta, with the help of valued collaborators, works and sells her creations independently in her own sales outlet in the centre of Sanluri and actively promotes them in the main tourist and commercial localities across Sardinia.
Roberta Casu’s artefacts include several lines of home décor items such as vases, lamps, appliques and centrepieces of various shapes and sizes featuring perforated decorations. Roberta depicts various subjects that range from the traditional gallinella – moorhen - to the sea urchin to the purely abstract form, made of polychrome glazed ceramic. Moreover, she also produces the much-loved Angeli (angels), Janas, Gnomi (gnomes) and Animaletti (small animals) lines, many different decorative sculptures, in their unmistakable style. Limited productions can also be commissioned.
Several techniques are used in Roberta Casu’s workshop. Articrafts can be electrically lathe-shaped, plate-shaped using either a hydraulic press or a hydraulic rotating press. Objects are finished with plastic additions, perforated or engraved motifs decorated by means of slip, ceramic glazing or enamelling using a booth with an airbrush or a sprinkler.
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