Ceramic Pine Cone (Extra Small)
$50.00|Made in Italy
This decorative pinecone is handmade using local traditional techniques by Giacomo Alessi in Caltagirone, Italy. The pinecone has a rich symbolic history dating back to ancient Babylonian and Greek cultures, and continues to be meaningful in Roman Catholicism, where its egg-like shape represents the cosmic birth of creation and beginning of existence. The reproductive task of the pinecone has also lead to it becoming a widely held symbol of fertility, whilst its abundance of seeds is seen to represent prosperity. They were traditionally given as a good luck charm to newlyweds, hence the common pinecone decorations found on old wrought iron beds. In more recent times, the ovoid shape and natural fecundity of the pinecone has been likened to the pineal gland in the human brain, which regulates melatonin levels and is sometimes referred to as the “third eye”.
The rich and varied cultural significance of the pinecone has resulted in it decorating doorways, balconies, churches, thrones and palaces the world over, and it is this wealth of symbolism which the skilled artisans at the Alessi workshop channel when creating their unique pieces. The potter uses a wheel to create the basic form and support, which are carefully joined together once the first drying stage is complete. With great skill and precision the craftsperson then shapes the iconic scales of the pinecone one by one, using only their fingers. This attention to detail and exercise of skill produces captivating results, which are further compounded with the final stages of glazing and firing.
H: 2.95 inches
This Ceramic Pine Cone is a rustic decorative piece that will give to your tableware decor an Italian breeze.
The Alessi family produces some of Italy’s most celebrated ceramics, with their handmade work winning prizes around the world. Giacomo Alessi oversees their Sicilian workshop, with his skilled hands and artistic genius continuing to define the brand. The only machinery Alessi uses is the simple lathe – relying instead on the wealth of traditional handcrafting processes Italy offers.
The lack of mechanization means each and every Ceramiche Alessi piece is unique and individual, with its own handmade quirks. Once formed, artisans fire Alessi pieces two or three times, adding glaze at the perfect point. This gives each piece stunning looks, superb longevity and a brilliant balance between aesthetics and utility.
Since 1978, Giacomo Alessi has been developing and refining his craft through rigorous technical exploration, artisanal expertise, and extensive research. Woven into his work are deep, introspective investigations into the history of the craft and culture of his native Sicily. The resulting pieces are famous for reinterpreting local traditions, myths, forms and designs in unique, innovative and contemporary ways. His work transcends the dichotomy of form and function, becoming art in its own right whilst retaining versatility and usefulness.
Featured in UNESCO’s book of Living Human Treasures of Sicily, Alessi has exhibited at the world’s foremost ceramics shows. Venues and prizes include Palermo’s Salinas Museum, Pescara’s 57th Michetti Prize, the Milan Fuorisalone and the 54th Venice Biennale. Alessi also featured alongside that of masters such as Guttuso, Mastroianni, Greco, Cagli, and Manzu in the 2011 “Roman Ceramics and Lazio” exhibition in Rome.
Despite this celebrity, Giacomo Alessi spends his time in the family workshop, guiding the hands of younger generations and continuing to develop his craft. With Giacomo’s artistic oversight, the family’s extensive experience and the brand’s high quality.
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