Matera- Polignano a Mare - Grottaglie (en)

With this new episode of the Terraferma Ceramica blog, we begin a story of recent and ongoing collaborations that have seen us involved in enrichment experiences between places, travels, museums and meetings with people who have enriched, teach and give us new inspiration for everyday work .

In this post we tell you a story between Matera, Polignano a Mare (Bari) and Grottaglie (Taranto) partly lived, partly still to be written, which involve us participating in a new collective of artists, Studio Cave, which for five years will animate a very particular art workshop, housed in the former Capuchin Convent in Grottaglie. As known Grottaglie together with Cutrofiano is one of the symbolic places of ceramics in Puglia, the city still presents itself full of pottery shops active in the historic ceramic district. Furthermore, at the Castle Episcopio it is possible to visit the permanent collection of historical ceramics. In addition, both at the Castle and at the former convent, it is possible to visit the collection of the winner of the contemporary ceramic competition held every year.

The Studio Cave collective is composed of: Arianna Tucci - artist, Aurora Avvantaggiato - sculptress, Bianca Maria Scarinci - ceramist, Giovanni Diele - designer, Giuseppe Digennaro - restorer (, Luigi Todaro - designer, Roberto Ciardo - artist , Roberto Farinacci - painter (, Sandro Vestita - philosopher, Valentina De Florio - sculptress.

In January 2020 the Craftlab exhibition was held at the Pino Pascali Museum in Polignano a Mare, with the participation of Giovanni Diele (Terraferma Ceramica), and the Studio Cave collective of Grottaglie. The exhibition presented the works produced in the ceramic workshop that took place in summer 2019 in Grottaglie, coordinated by teachers Claudia Giannuli ( and Giorgio di Palma ( and by Luca Bochicchio, and in the winter of the same year in Kefalonia in Greece, in dialogue with young Greek artists. The first group exhibition of the group illustrated in the photographs below, has ten artworks and ten artistic visions of the world through ceramics.

Golden Spike, Giovanni Diele - Terraferma (2019)

Designer Giovanni Diele material and processing technique: white pottery and black stoneware, mold modeling and manual, enamel decorations and third fire. The work explores the theme of living understood as permanence and survival of man in the terrestrial ecosystem. We are young guests of a long-lived planet that will continue to exist beyond our extinction. The current era was geologically classified with the name of Anthropocene, term coined by the nobel prize Paul Crautzen, or the geological era current, in which the terrestrial environment, in all its physical, chemical and characteristics biological, is heavily influenced on a local and global scale by the effects of the human action in the atmosphere. These works imagine a future fossil of anthropogenic impact on planet, in fact in the geological stratigraphic literature the concept of Golden Spike (golden nail) defines the physical limit between two geological ages. In this sense, the fossilization of plastics, phenomenon already detected, represents a tangible marker of the anthropocene era.

Our plastics will be a #goldenspike for future geologist. (Once a rock boundary has been agreed upon, a "golden spike" is driven into the geologic section to mark the precise boundary for future geologists) .

antropocene golden spike ceramica plastica terraferma
antropocene golden spike, stoneware, platinum and plastics

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