TALKING ABOUT CRAFTS: ELISA ANSEO TELLS ABOUT HERSELFEfesti
– Where, when, why. Tell us about your first steps into the world of crafts and the reasons that induced you to work with your hands
Anseo is bornt in 2013 when I decided to combine my experiences in the handmade field with those in the artistic field. I wanted to stop and working on something mine. Anseo is a Irish word that I love, met during a travel of study/work. It means “here” and I chose it because for me it is synonym of a new start. I consider myself as a person who thinks with the hands, it’s an aptitude, and I chose to use it, create and give a shape to things is my inclination. For a while I worker as explorer, I studied sculpture in Bologna, I attended some courses on gold-working techniques, shaping and ceramic. Some years ago, during a lecture of modelling clay I was teaching, I realized that this material more than others was unifying people. Guys and adults were sitting concentrated on their work, sharing a sentiment of well-being. From that moment on I dedicated myself mostly to modelling clay.
– What is the philosophy of the brand? What values would you like to communicate through your products?
With Anseo I try togive shape to what surround me that I cans observe, from common objects to natural elements. I like the idea that my works have the same irregular shape and same defects of what I see, without remodeling them, the objects keep that magic and intensity that they own.These traces help me to create something new, that preserve something of the object and its energy, and then in realization gets a part of me. I like to see this process as a meeting.
– A place with its own traditions and its authenticity can affect the development of an artifact. How much has the place where you create the bicucles influenced your production?
My laboratory is located in Sassuolo, “the capital of the tile”, where I bornt and raised. The the pottery companies of Sassuolo mainly work with covering and mosaics, that present standard formats except rare cases. So most of research concerns the coverings, the glazes. Instead in my workings the main protagonist is the shape, and the glaze mainly monochromatic to not annoy the view.
I believe that the ceramic is the element the reconciled me with my city, something in common to which I arrived after some ups and down. I better understand now of the work and the valuable research that the companies in my city keep doing from several decades, and I would be happy if all this would influence my future productions.
– Being a craftsman in the twenty-first century: what have you recovered from the past? What have you innovate?
The techniques that I use are quite traditional and linked to sculpture, as tracing. What I like the most is to combine different techniques and themes and look at what comes out.
– Uniqueness at all costs: are the unique and limited products synonymous of quality? If so, why?
The clay has the extraordinary capacity to preserve the details, the shapes and the textures. The objects of my creations and the tracing I realize, are instead perishable. It results that each form can be preserved for a limited period and I find that in my case is not only a necessity but it is also a coherent decision to maintain the uniqueness and the limited serie as a characteristic of my creations.
– Is there a word, a concept, a metaphor that can represent your business and your work also to enclose the meaning?
I think is the feeling to meet of which I was talking before. meet a material, an idea or a person and start a conversation, an exchange.