Bisalta Curva del Serpente
By unurgent argilla
Wild red clay and Bisaltite foraged on Mt Bisalta Unglazed, Hand-built, Fired in oxidation at 1200°C
22,5 (h) x 24 (w) cm
Unique work, 2020
About unurgent argilla
Founded in 2019 in London by Nina Salsotto Cassina, Unurgent Argilla is currently based in Milano. The studio is concerned with material research of non-industrial wild materials dug directly from the ground and their use in pottery. Self-taught, Nina came to clay while doing a Ph.D. in Politics in London. She later worked with potter Cheah Yeow Seng in his atelier in Kuala Lumpur. Previously she has worked for several charities and international organizations abroad, such as the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
About Bisalta Curva del Serpente
Ceramics studio Unurgent Argilla investigates the landscape creating site-specific ceramic vessels with wild clays and rocks foraged in nature. Unurgent argilla’s work is experimental and revolves around mapping, sampling, testing, and showcasing -wild- materiality.
Clay is everywhere underneath our feet and everywhere it carries complex information about the earth and how we live on it, the geological and human processes that make and transform everything around us.
The aim of Unurgent Argilla’s work is to translate this information and carry the awareness of a place into the final craft objects: create vessels that are intrinsically honest to what they are made of.
To remember where materials come from allows us to have a more familiar and informed relationship with both objects and places. The result of the research finally takes the form of small collections of wheel-thrown spherical vessels, all unique and made at the pottery wheel, creating a physical connection between landscape, material, and process. The vessels function as both artworks and autobiographical archival memories of a place.