Gallery Lavori '54-'63
Nino Caruso  
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After I opened the studio in Rome and created the first works there, which were reminiscent of Meli's ceramic forms and decorations, made at the studio in Casale Monferrato, I began to use various types of glazes in an unconventional way, since I had little technical or cultural knowledge of ceramics. I mixed the glazes with sand, ash, and ground glass, which, after firing, produced rough, opaque, and soft-coloured surfaces, which was quite different from the brightly coloured contemporary ceramics of the time.
I realised that the vessel had exhausted the function it had served in the past and, though maintaining its typological structure, it could take on new forms that had a sculptural character, and this in the direction that my work began to go in.