JOJO CORVÄIÁ



︎ceramic objects
︎sculptures



volcano series


The Volcano series is a body of work made with clay
extraxted from the many volcanic arcs of Lanzarote, Spain.
Its high content in ashes, silica and alumina creates an unique
reaction with my glazes that gives these pieces
their singular silvery dark patina.

The depth of their color connects each piece with my thoughts,
with memories and feelings. Each piece turns into a diary,
and a series of them become books, written with an idiomatic
force that my hands can only achieve
at the contact with the clay.








my projects
and thematic research
in ceramics
gravitate towards
the concept of


imperfection,


asymmetry and modesty.








berber series

Due to the scarcity of water, some of north african pottery
are designed specially to collect the rain.
These are rather large pieces that keep narrowing as they go up,
but then grow abruptly wide in the neck to maximize the collection of water.

These ceramics are both practical and poetic, in equal measures.
I decided to work on my interpretation of this concept with a series
that I call Berber.

While studying some of these rich cultures,
I found out that one of the constants
in their traditional pottery production
is that they are hand crafted without the use of a wheel,
which is the way I produce all my pieces.
This spoke to me immediately.

Of course terracotta clay is most commonly used,
fired in the open, to produce pots of remarkable durability,
with burned-like effects.
In the search for a deceptive simplicity
that resembles this idea,
I also decided to thoroughly explore the use of color.

This collection marks a new path in my work,
one that i intend to explore further.
I have put aside the functionality of the north african pieces
to concentrate on each piece as an individual artwork.

With the use of natural pigments, I have applied a painterly character
when glazing them, using personal ideas, impressions and memories.









In essence, I’m not interested in perfection. Being free of flaws and defects directly contradict my idea of freedom of expression, and I see my wor in ceramic as a vehicle for communicating freedom.

I connect each piece with my thoughts, with memories and feelings. Each piece turns into a diary, and a series of them become books, written with an idiomatic force that my hands can only achieve at the contact with the clay.

There is no way to hide an emotion I have to be one hundred percent with the piece for it to arise, and at that moment the piece and I are one.

If I make a bowl, a table or a complex sculpture all you see is a captured moment, maybe even an instant all you see is me. I know this because my ceramics are the closest I have ever seen myself.


Jojo Corväiá


photo
jubal battisti

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