There is a rich living heritage in the Algarve, Portugal, where skilled craftspeple continue to be stimulated by the biotic diversity of the sea and mountains.
Arising from a residence programme in Loulé, in 2012, natural forms of shellfish, cacti, leaes, pods of alfarroba (carob) tree and palm fronds inspired new forms of ceramic pots and silk screen prints using local minearl pigments. The "kitchen" explores the juxtaposition of different natural elements between earth and water, in an exercise of sensorial learning through appreciation and observation . New pieces have been added to the collection for the Porto Design Biennale.
Class of Material
Residence time (How long does the matter/material/artefact stay in an unaltered state in the location/context/system before it decay?)
How would you like to be with this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
cooking with it, washing it, handling it
What can humans give back to this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
We can appreciate the human skills that were applied to the making of these artefacts that respect tradition yet experiment with new applications while honouring the source of local materials.