For many years I have been involved in handling different materials such as ceramics, glass and more recently acrylic on canvas.
I'm always searching for new forms, trying to find a harmony between aesthetics and function. My research is independent resulting in some experiments with clay and glazes going beyond the norm.
Raku, in ceramics, is originally a Japanese technique for constructing and firing earthenware, used for the tea ceremony. I use the Western style Raku which involves removing the ceramics from the kiln at about 1000° C and then placing them into containers with combustible organic materials. The four elements, earth, air, fire and water, my personal glazes instinctively added create unique decorative effects. This in turn means each piece is special, unrepeatable and each time you look it is possible to find new shapes and colours.
I use different types of clay that vitrify between 1200 and 1240°C so that they can contain liquids.
It is special to have something that is handmade and even more so, to have something that is partially left to chance or nature, as in the raku technique that Concetta uses. Each pot is beautiful and unique and helps to create the magical atmosphere we try to achieve with our plants.Old Market Plants, Bristol
I love the shape of the pots. At first glance they are beautiful objects but I also love the glazes, they look different in every light and hide mysteries within.Jamie Innes