Born in Sardinia, now working and living in York, Pietro has always been interested in art in all its forms.
‘I’m a painter originally, and graduated from York College in 2015 gaining a BA (Hons) in “Contemporary 3D Craft”. During the last year of the course I started concentrating on the use of the ceramic as a medium.
I make hand built ceramic vessels with the coiling method creating uneven and asymmetrical shapes which allow me to use them as a carrier for a broad type of narratives; I also use slip cast vessels made in multiples that allow me to play with the deconstruction process and the simplicity of shapes and colours.
My practice takes inspiration from the experimentation in using the clay to create different types of vessels and the learning and understanding of the ceramic medium throughout the learning process attached to the act of making.
In my work I want and I try to explore the possibility offered by the ceramic medium to create different types of layered visual narratives inspired from my 2 dimensional fine art paintings; this produces a variety of visual expressions from the more abstract ones in which I play with shapes, colours and textures to the more figurative ones in which I play with shapes, words and symbols.
During the last two years I have put more focus onto my fine art painting practice whilst spending time looking for a studio space to make ceramics from. I have now found a shared studio space in the York area where I am based.
It is in this new space where I have created my current body of ceramic work which are showing at Silson Contemporary Gallery’.
All Pietro’s vessels are hand built with the coiling technique.
We first saw Pietro’s work at the art& Show in York in 2015. He had been selected from many applicants for the RAW talent programme, which recognises creative talent and potential. So impressed were we with his work, we invited him to be a gallery artist.