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.
and thematic research
the concept of
asymmetry and modesty.
berber seriesDue 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.
Jojo Corväiá is an American
visual artist with studies
and development in other disciplines
such photography, multimedia work
He lives and works in Berlin,
his pieces are represented
by renowned firms
in Germany, Switzerland, Italy,
Netherlands, Singapore and USA.