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.