Inspiring ceramics, between tradition and modernity
Michael MAIO creates ceramics in white porcelain, inspired by the traditional Japanese technique called "zogan", i.e. inlaying. Vases, tumblers and knives bear pure and gentle curves so as to enhance the force of artistic and aesthetic expression of both ornamentation and bright colours.
"Zogan" technique, a demanding creative process
Enamored since childhood with traditional and popular Japanese culture (martial arts and mangas), Michael quite naturally turned to traditional Japanese ceramics when he decided to quit the audiovisual field for a more 'primary' field: working with 'earth' and clay.
After a first step discovering earthenware, he left his homeland near Nancy for a two-year training span, learning how to turn and enamel in Bourgogne at the CNIFOP. That is where he achieved a research cycle on Asian techniques of ceramics, which led him to integrate more specifically the technique of 'Zogan' which corresponds to his own concept of creation: a slow and patient elaboration, step by step, very demanding and meticulous, where each gesture requires precision and great dexterity. For each ceramic, Michael starts out with the ornamentation, its drawing which he traces on the piece that has been turned beforehand. The motive is then sculpted on the surface of the pottery, then he inlays his coloured clays into it. Each step requires drying and sanding periods, until the surface is perfectly uniform and smooth.
Exhibitions and events
In 2019, Michael Maio participated in several events: Fête de la Poterie (June), Marché des Potiers at the Couvent de Treigny(August), Salon des Métiers d'Art at Metz (October), Salon Résonances at Strasbourg(November), Exposition Céramique au Bouclier d'Or (December).
Chopper made of white porcelain hand-decorated according to the traditional technique of...