On October 27, the winners of the first edition of the International Art Prize dedicated to Ceramics, promoted by the Fondazione Iris Ceramica Group were announced.
The international contest was chosen as a means to celebrate the ceramic material and its connections with art, design and architecture, enhancing unique and original projects that preserve traditional “ceramic know-how”. The agile formula of the prize has also made it possible to achieve a further dual purpose: to support the work of professionals in the sector, as well as to promote the ideas and visions of the new generations of designers.
The jury, consisting of Federica Minozzi (CEO of the Iris Ceramica Group), Pietro Cantore (gallery owner), Giovanna Cassese (art historian and president of the ISIA - Higher Institute for Artistic Industries in Faenza), Tommaso Corvi Mora (gallery owner and ceramic artist), Antonia Iannone (gallery owner) and Judith S. Schwartz (professor emeritus at New York University), has selected the winners of the two sections of the prize based on criteria of originality, sustainability and technical, aesthetic and conceptual innovation.
The winner of the "under 25" section, reserved for students enrolled in university-level artistic and musical education schools (AFAM), is Daniele Donadio with the installation entitled "Clouds". As the jury's motivation reads, "a work uniting the more intrinsic characteristics of matter with a poetic tribute to the film director Akira Kurosawa".
In the "over 25" section dedicated to artists and designers, Eloisa Gobbo won with the project entitled "Geometrical Isometric Pattern in Yellow, Red and Blue, Moresque Style With Dashed Stripes and Spheres". A work in which, as the jury pointed out: "The artist demonstrates the ability to integrate the latest technological solutions on Artificial Intelligence within her studio practice, indicating new possible ways for traditionally handmade crafts".
The results achieved by the first edition of the International Art Prize dedicated to Ceramics go hand in hand with the Iris Ceramica Group's and with the Foundation's interest in new technologies and multidisciplinary approaches, as well as with the constant attention towards traditional ceramic techniques and the material underlying its extensive know-how and company history.
Images courtesy of Iris Ceramica Group
01, 03 Eloisa Gobbo “Geometrical Isometric Pattern in Yellow, Red and Blue, Moresque Style With Dashed Stripes and Spheres”
02, 04-07 Daniele Donadio “Clouds”