We have met Lidia Marti, a ceramics artist from Piedmont, who creates original jewels inspired by the world of nature and by the constellations. We have asked her some questions to learn more about her thoughts and her poetics.
First Drops: What encouraged you to dedicate your time to ceramic art and what does it mean to you?
Lidia Marti: During a school trip, in Secondary School, we visited a pottery in Albissola: it was then that I discovered an attraction, which later developed into real passion, for this shapeless material which can become an infinite number of shapes.
To see a potter at the turntable as he makes the ball of clay slip in and out of his hands, shaping it in just a few seconds, was definitely extraordinary…Experiences that you live when you are young.
PE: Which aspects of your work do you love most?
LM: Contemporary bijoux is the area in which I can let my imagination flow free: I find it fascinating to create micro sculptures that change and become something else in the hands of others, inviting them to play, to come and discover their double-face, or where the elements they are made of are combined to create an intimate and personal relationship between them and whoever chooses them.
…I adore involving and turning those who are willing to play this game into creators, encouraging them to find their own combination….
PE: Which difficulties have you encountered?
LM: Just as much as I love and find it easy to close myself in my workshop for days on end, I find it hard to let people know about my work, to find the right relations in terms of marketing and image.
PE: Which themes inspire your artistic research? How do you develop them or do they change in time?
LM: Observing the night sky, my eyes inebriated, linking dots of light, imagining varying geometric shapes has been my dream since I was a girl. Creating impossible solid figures in the immense starry sky is something I find exhilarating. Afterwards I try to get rid of whatever I don’t need, to allow the essence of things to emerge: this happens as I manipulate the final element.
PE: Can you explain the technical specificities of some of your artwork, as if you were talking to someone who doesn’t have a clue of the practical side of art?
LM: There really are very many techniques used to transform this material and by knowing which they are I experiment with new formal solutions. To turn a thought into “shape” by transforming matter is the Alchemy of the ceramic artist and experimenting, to realise the idea imagined, is the challenge I rise to whenever I have something in mind. As to shapes, I think I allow myself full freedom in finding materials of different nature and for the micro sculptures, that are designed to be worn, I use metal wire that is resistant to high temperatures (960°-980°) as the thin link between the ceramic parts, giving rise to small and light geometrical shapes …
PE: Do you like working on demand or do prefer to work based on a set project?
LM: I like to be free when I work, but I appreciate requests.
PE: How do you like to relate with your clients?
LM: Through workshops, events and other actions: I like to travel the world, turning my life into an ongoing discovery.
PE: Is it important for you to make the artwork you design with your own hands? Would you entrust their realisation to others?
LM: I find great pleasure in making things with my own hands, but I would be willing to trust someone else to make repeat replicas of my prototype.
PE: What is your dream for the future?
LM: The part I find difficult, is assuring the right financial recognition for my work; as I can’t do it all alone, my dream is to not have to take care of that part myself. When I think about it, this is one of my greatest dreams.
In the images details of Constellations and Molecular necklaces collections by Lidia Marti