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Artist Name

Paola Masi

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Based in: Barcelona, Spain

Paola Masi throws ceramic pieces on a kick wheel, then molds, shapes and often opens them so that light can penetrate inside.
She is fascinated by the container as a metaphor for the human condition ,starting from the pure form in the utilitarian context to the sculptural and abstract.
Her work thus mirrors an intuitive and intimate process: the study of form and her love of the unseen, of that which is contained in form and transcends it.
The ceramic process becomes, for the artist, life’s laboratory : a re-encounter with the nature of each element.
The turning of the wheel, its dance.
The result is works in motion, changing shapes which are thrown, sculpted, finished with glazes of her own fabrication and finally fired at high temperatures.

 



Paola Masi In The Studio

“I am not interested in creating something new. Mine is rather the search for the Universal: the container of that nothing which holds everything, Akasha ( Sanskrit word for ether). It is a slow process, opposed to the frenetic world that surrounds me”

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More About Paola Masi

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Beauty in all its forms , visible and invisble

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

”The works are born turning on the wheel. It is a constant search for balance between the thickness, the movement and the weight of the piece. There is a certain fragility about these works, and I mean it in every way: once they are cut open there is no going back. Many fall and brake in the kiln. Some just move, as if dancing. It’s the beauty of the unknown for me. It requires surrendering to the nature of the elements, while firing the kiln at 1280o C. But that is the magic, the real power of ceramics.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

movement,sensuality,spirituality

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Owen Watson, Caravaggio,William Blake ,Henry Moore, Rilke, Tarkowsky

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

my hands and my soul

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

follow your heart

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

within


Collections Featuring Paola Masi

5 Collections

Female Sculptors You Should Know

Female Sculptors You Should Know

51 Artists, 85 Products

Last updated: September 25, 2023

Transformative Contemporary Sculptors

Transformative Contemporary Sculptors

49 Artists, 51 Products

Last updated: January 6, 2023

Soft Edges and Curves

Soft Edges and Curves

60 Artists, 88 Products

Last updated: November 17, 2022


Credentials

Exhibitions

'Our Garden needs its flowers'-Tecla Sala -Districte Cultural de L'Hospitalet-Barcelona

Spain, 2021

Guess who came for dinner-Galerie Adorable

Netherlands, 2020

ART THE HAGUE Galerie Adorable

Netherlands, 2019

Bowls-Megumi Ogita Gallery-Tokyo

Japan, 2016

Cielo su Terra -Megumi Ogita Gallery -solo show -Tokyo

Japan, 2016

Affinitats, Ambit Galeria d'Art, Barcelona

Spain, 2015

ART Collectors-Tokyo

Japan, 2015

Witnesses of Beauty-Megumi Ogita Gallery-Tokyo

Japan, 2014

Fundacion Arranz Bravo-L'Hospitalet-Barcelona

Spain, 2013

Affinities-Megumi Ogita Gallery-Tokyo

Japan, 2012

Espacio Miluno-Ciudad de Mexico

Mexico, 2011

'Reunio de veins'-Centro Cultural Barradas-Hospitalet-Barcelona

Spain, 2010

LaNaveBCNstudios-Hospitalet-Barcelona

Spain, 2009