Rosanna Bianchi Piccoli is a symbol of the feminine character of ceramics and art that surrounds it. In 1985 Lévi-Strauss dedicated his study The Jealous Potter to women and pottery in American native populations’ myths, in whch he described the ancestral relationships between earth, its manufacturing and women. In a different way, Rosanna Bianchi Piccoli’s life is a tale about ceramics and an endless series of studying and working “pilgrimages” to learn the secrets of this art and present it to her public: in other words, the very demonstration of the guessed truth of this feminine liaison. This book is an excursion across the work tables of Rosanna Bianchi Piccoli, with photos by Melina Mulas and an introduction by Marco Belpoliti. Home and workshop rolled into one, it is where matter is given the imprint of her actions and conserves them forever through time. Melina Mulas’ lens has captured with an intimate and sympathetic eye the objects, tools, books, fabrics and colours that surround her works.
A potter in the anthropological sense of the word, Rosanna Bianchi Piccoli approaches ceramics by embarking on a journey that begins with tradition but moves on to speak a language that is wholly contemporary. Although clearly aware of her origins, she is open to new research and study. Her pottery as a symbol of mankind’s journey through life also develops in the course of design projects made for il Sestante of Milan (1957-83), La Rinascente (1962), Pyrex Ware of New York (1967), and for Megalopoli with Richard Ginori (1985). In each of these works small fragments of existence are bound together with matter, to the extent that they seem to have been generated by the matter itself, in an interchange between art and pottery that produces a powerful generating and regenerating energy.
Photographer Melina Mulas lives and works in Milan. She specializes in portraits, interiors, theatre and fashion. Besides working with numerous magazines and publishing companies she also holds photography classes. Since 1991 she has been in close contact with the Tibetan government in exile in India. Her book Il Terzo Occhio is a collection of portrait photographs of Tibetan lamas. She is continuing to document the reconstruction of Tibetan culture in India with a collection of Italian photographs exhibited in Dharamsala. Together with the Ugo Mulas Archives she organizes exhibitions of her father’s works.
Marco Belpoliti is a writer, scriptwriter and professor of Italian Literature at the University of Bergamo. He published several books about 19th Century Italian literature and collaborates with newspapers and magazines such as “La Stampa”, “L’Espresso”, “Alias” and is editor for Marcos y Marcos of the magazine “Riga”.