Carlo Zauli ist geboren in Faenza in 1926. Dort gestorben in 2002. 1937-1948 technische und künstlerische Ausbildung am Instituto Statale d'arte per la Ceramica in Faenza. Seit 1950 eigenes Atelier in Faenza, seit 1975 zweites Atelier in Mailand. 1958-1978 Lehrtätigkeit am Instituto Statale d'Arte per la ceramica in Faenza. 1970 Mitglied der AIC Genf. Ab 1973 Lehrtätigkeit europaweit, u.a. in Deutschland, Spanien, Kanada und Japan. 1979 Zusammenarbeit mit Rosenthal Selb, 1980-1984 Leitung des Instituto Superiore Industrie Artistiche in Faenza. Gefässe, Gefässobjekte, später vor allem Plastik, in Majolika, Steinzeug und Porzellan; anfänglich gedrehte Vasen und Gefässe, über verformte Gefässformen und Bearbeitungen von Drehformen Entwicklung zur Plastik; wie aus welligen Streifen gefügte, bewegte Formen und Stelen, auch in grossen Formaten, mit charakterischer monochromer, aber in sich changierender weisser Glasuren, Einsatz von Metallauflagen, seit 1973 Arbeiten in Bronze und Marmor; grossflächige Wandgestaltungen, Arbeiten im öffentlichen Raum (text: Olaf Thormann in: Gefäss / Skulptur 2, 2014).
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Abbildungen: kleines Portrait (Carlo Zauli Museum); object 'Horizontal Vibration', 1971 (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto).
About a vase (from 1950 to 1967)
The vase, the archetype of every ceramist, is central to the research of the initial period of Carlo Zauli who, after leaving the Faenza Institute of Art, immediately dedicated himself to contemporary production, and within only a few years began to innovate its techniques, shapes and decorative choices.
Natural vibrations (from 1967 to 1993)
At the end of the 1960s, Carlo Zauli deepens his most accomplished research, starting with primary forms shaped by the vitalistic and material vibrations that become the centre of his artistic progression. The geometric solidity seems to become naturalistic and permeated with an intense sensuality thanks to an endogenous movement that is revealed by gentle waves and sinuous surfaces. The perpetually fragile balance between these formal opposites becomes the key to the extremely strong interest in Zauli’s work by distant cultures, especially the Japanese, in whose philosophical dialogue between the yin and the yang, by his own admission, the artist perfectly recognises himself. This dynamism, continuously reshaped over the following years, sometimes comes to cut through these forms, allowing a glimpse into the rough interior of the material which springs out.
Geometric research (from 1966 to 1987)
It is through research in the field of ceramics in industrial design and the creation of increasingly regular and perfect vases that Carlo Zauli deepens his distinctly geometric sculptural research. From the high reliefs of 1966 to the sculptures of the late 1980s, geometry continuously becomes the main theme linking the artist to his own material sensitivity.
The Distorted (1976 to 1987)
Even after reaching full sculptural maturity, Zauli does not abandon the first object of observation – the vase – breaking it, tearing it, turning it upside down, and including it in the same metamorphosis of his primary geometric shapes. Thus came to be, in 1976, the Distorted Vases, torn or bent by a violent gesture, and in 1987 the Distorted Sensualities, vases that close up to become modules for a final, dramatic sculptural evolution of the artist.
The clods (from 1972 to 1987)
It is especially when Zauli deals with the theme of the clods (of clay) that he explicitly conveys the intimate symbiosis of his work with the earth. Earth, thus, is considered both a sensitive material and the starting point for all ceramic and non-ceramic works, as well as an actual geographical root. Works such as le Arate (the ploughs) or le Zolle (the clods), are created with an assembly of real clods of clay taken from the mixer and directly applied to geometric supports. Through their irregular morphology, they express the primordial strength and rough consistency of the material (text Museo Zauli Faenza).
Thormann, Olaf, Gefäss / Skulptur, Deutsche und internationale Keramik seit 1946, 2014