CERAMIC PINE CONE (Medium)
Depending on the culture, the symbol of the pine has multiple meanings. As they are full of seeds and its form relates to a lot of interpretations, pine cones can be a symbol of fertility and prosperity. For ancient Greeks and Roman Catholics, it signified a cosmic egg linked to the beginning of everything. It was given as a lucky charm for married couples starting a new family. Also, there is a traditional belief that people should hang one above the door of their home to bring good health and also luck. As they are the fruit of evergreen conifers, they symbolize longevity and eternity. They also adorn the thrones of kings and popes, representing the embodiment of the soul, the bridge that unites the earth with the divine.
This rich symbolism is shaped by the hands of the Alessi’s skilled craftsmen, who creates small and large pine cones maintaining this tradition alive. Hand-shaped one by one, the scales of the pine cone are made using only the fingers. The whole manual process produces a truly harmonious, captivating final result, which is then glazed using classic pigments such as creamy white, copper green and cobalt blue.
Since its beginnings in 1978, the work of Giacomo Alessi has been characterized by an introspective investigation, which comes from a deep reflection on the history of Sicily. Reinterpreting its tradition, myths, forms, and ancient designs, making original works, including large-format creations, it transcends the usual uses and forms of ceramics and transforms them into works of art.
Alessi has shown his pieces in some of the most important ceramic exhibitions in Italy and around the world. Some highlights are the exhibition “Myths of the Earth” at the Salinas Museum in Palermo in 2006, the 57th Michetti Prize “Taller de Italia” in Pescara in 2007 and the exhibition “Roman Ceramics and Lazio” in Rome in February 2011, along with Guttuso, Mastroianni, Greco, Cascella, Cagli and Manzú. Other outstanding exhibitions were at the Milan Fuorisalone, creating the coating for the Whirlpool Show-cooking, and in June 2011 the 54th Venice Biennial with “The Ship of Fools”.
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H: 5.12 inches