Suitable for Outdoor Use
Dimensions: 14.3cm (H) x 13.7cm (W) / 5.6" (H) x 5.4" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
French stoneware and Bardos wild clay glaze - 1280°
Etxea means house in basque and traduces a connection, the attachment with a place. The story of the vase exhibited is about grounding and relation with earth and culture. I’m from the western region of Brazil and moved to the Basque Country 6 years ago. The feelings and memories of my childhood are always present in my life, interacting and changing my perception of the paths I’m taking. Here in the Basque countryside where I chose to live, I discovered the fertility of the soil and the beauty to build something with my own hands. Digging my backyard and understanding the meaning of belonging to somewhere. This vase has a part of my home in it. The details which cover the piece are made of wild clay from my land in the Basque Country. Bardos is a small and beautiful village near the coast, surrounded by mountains and valleys. I found this clay in the backyard of this old farm from the end of the XVIII century, where two sisters used to live, taking care of and owned this piece of land. With my wild clay collection, I wanted to share a piece of my home, a part of my life. If you are reading this text you can understand the value of owning such a meaningful piece. All the parts of the making process as digging, purifying and filtering, make this piece precious and unique in each element. I invite you to feel the sweet power of this territory. The strong wind and the ancient roots. The history and the culture of this land...Feel welcome to be a part of this journey, this small part of me is now yours too.
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Hometown: Basque Country
Based in: France
Johanna is an artist and designer from Mato Grosso a western region of Brazil, 7 years ago she decided to live in the French Basque Country attracted by the rocks and the relief of the region. Her work is about treat materials as subjects, by respecting all stages of making process and the time of the element. Each object is unique, and all the defects of the piece are treated as a magical aspect to sublime the aspect of the hand made. For her, unexpected results represent the mystery of matters interactions, transforming and changing all the time. On her creations every detail is essential and reflects her practice witch goes through body and mind, hands and breath.
Her inspiration universe is composed by the ordinary beauty of the unnoticed, as natural accidents relied with the soil, erosion, land composition, texture and surfaces. Her concept is based on tradition and modernity, materials and memory.
Johanna uses the earth to materialize the invisible and get connected to others. She works with stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, mixtures of enamels, engobes and wild clay, that she collects in situ. With ancestral and contemporary techniques, she put in value the emotional aspect of territorial bound and the relation between man and object.
She is available for commissioned work for particulars and galleries, like A Mano Studio based in Biarritz (France). She also participates in events and exhibitions as 1000 Vases, produced by Meet my Project at Joseph Gallery in Paris, where she recently showed her work.
ESAPB Basque Country - Fine Arts degree
IED São Paulo - Jewelry Design Master's degree
Faktoria Basque Country - Ceramics Turning CAP
ESAD Pyrenees - Fine Arts on Ceramics Master's degree
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