At first glance, the structure of the glass bottle kiln itself is spectacular; then, the firing of the kiln is something unique, seeing that the reaching of the temperature is done in such a way that it happens in the dark, because the light of the firing chamber is transmitted to the outside, inventing always new plays of light each time.
Inside the bottle kiln, the flames can be seen to rise slowly towards the chimney until exiting and dissolving in twirls of a thousand sparks. In any case, the unusual characteristic lies in the correct fusion of the bottles inside the kiln, which can be opened and observed the next day.
In Figline, my hometown in Valdarno, south of Florence, in Roman and medieval times, “figulinae” were produced: small vases and statues out of clay.
My recent work is named FIGULINAE because my idea was, I throw miniature vessels on a potter’s wheel and put them in well-defined forms.
With this act of pressure, which I like to consider artistic, the small vases shape themselves and their combination gives birth to the final work, the result of an “unformed put into form“.
Functional vases, which on a small scale lose their original purpose, become works of art.