Dessert plate Clé
Ceramic plate, handmade in Italy
Designer: Marta Bakowski
As part of a set of 6 dessert plates, it makes it possible to create a matching or colorful service.
All the tableware in the La Musique collection is suitable for food use.
Dimensions (in.) : Ø7 x H1
Made for you, in Italy, in the region of Tuscany.
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Arts and materials
Created by a workshop in Tuscany specializing in ceramics, the earthenware Clé plate is cast and then demolded entirely by hand. Once removed from the mold, the plate is painted with the slip of the desired color, and its decorative design is applied using the spolvero technique. Then, the decorative designed is traced over with a "miretta", a special metal point widely used by ceramists. The plate is then fired a first time, and then a varnish with a rough finish is applied before the plate is fired a second time in order to harden the material so that it stands the test of time.
The Clé plate is the result of ancestral know-how and heritage. It is handmade by exceptional Italian craftsmen using traditional techniques to obtain an incomparable matte finish.
Entitled Clé, this plate’s design is based on the silhouette of the guitar player in Henri Matisse’s La Musique painted in 1939.
In the synthesis of this work, Henri Matisse plays with geometry by using an ellipse for a face, a circle for a breast and a curve for the hip. Marta Bakowski reinterpreted these elementary shapes and made use of them as a base to complement this ceramic collection. Indeed, their simplicity allows the decorative designs to express themselves fully, without frills or connotations that would disturb interpretation of the object, thus making it timeless.
Henri Matisse, La Musique (1939), Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Buffalo (Etats-Unis) © Succession H. Matisse.