The manufacture of ceramic, whose fatherland has been Nove since 1700, is the basis from which BottegaNove has started its work.
Nove, a town in the area surrounding Vicenza, in Venice hinterland, near Bassano del Grappa, has been famous since the 18th century for its production of artistic pottery.
It is exactly the standardization of the shapes and the lack of personality of many artisans’ products the reason why the founder of the company has started experimenting new procedures. Cristina Celestino was the creative director of the brand from 2015 to January 2017: her challenge was to combine the ancient artisans’ tradition and a modern vision, linked to her own projectual language.
“The first visit to the company studio was a sudden emotion to me because I could see the enormous production potential in material and decoration. What instantly fascinated me was how the liquid material was able to transform into tiles. A very precise and ritual procedure, which follows the rules of a nearly alchemic knowledge conveyed by tradition, is the basis of a discipline, which seems to escape the technician’s struggle for perfection forever. Opening the kiln after firing is for potters the cathartic moment: the kiln is nearly a goddess who decides the destiny of production. This mix of precise technical notions, of experience-conveyed knowledge and of ritual, nearly magic element has enthralled me deeply.”
The collection Plumage comes from a strongly evocative scenario, inspired by the birds’ feathers, leading us through a subtle interplay between contemporary vision and traditional work.
The research on plumage in nature gets interpreted into the tiles in the overlapping of patterns, shapes and decoration, which give the tiled wall the perception of the single feather and of the global plumage in the meantime. The possible patterns in the walls with these mosaic tiles are endless and generate fascinating ambience, crowded with natural geometries like those of feathers that draw graphic forms and unexpected lines thanks to their decoration.

By using the classic moulds which were already in the company (for instance the diamond, the hexagon and the traditional square tile), Cristina Celestino has made a historical quotation about the district by applying the f lowers as three-dimensional elements in the Rose project and by selecting the glazes and the finishing products for the other projects.
The outcome is a series of tales in ceramic, which are very diverse in their final formal result, and which remind us of many other tales with Italian styleand passion for the beautiful.


The Clinker is a particularly resistant historic clay with a typical vitrified appearance in its surface. It is produced by firing it at very high temperatures. This tiling material has been used since the end of the Second World War by Caccia Dominioni, Gardella, Ponti, Albini (and others) in many of the symbolic buildings of Milan in the Fifties.
The clinker, according to the designers who highlighted its qualities, was supposed to be a kind of translucent and colourful texture covering the skeleton of the building. From this architectural reference starts the inspiration for the collection clinker of Botteganove.

The mosaic series Aerografo is a decoration pattern characterized by the sfumato colour application by means of a spray water-based suspension on the ceramic at the bisque level.
The collection draws its inspiration from Angelo Simonetto’s work.
He is the artistic director of Galvani in Pordenone, the historical potter’s workshop that started experimenting the airbrush technique in the Twenties.
The mosaic Airbrush of Bottega Nove refers to Simonetto’s research with its features: particular graphic patterns, the slight sfumato and the clear-cut lines that give a polychromous and contemporary appearance.

The collection Rose is a homage by the creative director Cristina Celestino to the town of Nove and to the hands of the women in the district who been modelling the small flowers decorating the artistic pottery of the place for years.
Credits
Creative direction, design: Cristina Celestino
Graphic design, catalogue: Cecilia Cappelli
Photo credit: Mattia Balsamini
Pr communication: P-S, Michela Pelizzari, Federica Sala

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