Pepa Reverter calls her ceramic sculpture Woman in Love. It is a stacked four-piece totem designed to be turned on a potter’s wheel. Each interlocking piece can be used as a bowl or cache-pot. For Mario Bertolin, the sculpture posed no particular difficulties.
“As a ceramicist, you never stop learning,” he says.
“Every year, you become more expert. You find new and better ways of doing things; you find new systems and new types of clay. Although the work is strictly manual, I constantly seek ways to improve my technique. It gives me great satisfaction to make a living doing something I love.” Reverter is very pleased with the results.
“I believe that new technologies are important and interesting – the development of 3D-printed products is brutal and unstoppable and will become increasingly common – but I also believe that we must preserve the wisdom of the great masters in contemporary design and make them a greater presence,” she says. “Bertolin is an authentic craftsman who works the pieces by hand, one by one. He is able to produce large sizes, and has an artist’s capacity to do everything he does. He is a great teacher, and easily executes the perfection of shapes and measures of clay elements. He has a special symbiosis with clay.” Since Reverter also paints and draws, she begins her design work with a sketch, which then becomes a painting, and then a sculptural three-dimensional object. She wants her design to be optimistic, looking toward a better future. “In Western societies, a cradle of great cultures and art, we should give good examples” she says.