“Exploring the crafts”
MADRE PANE and CASCINA
Bazar Noir Berlin, Roberto Sironi
The bread stamps are one of the historical expressions of pastoral art in the Southern Italy, in particular in the area of Matera where until the first half of the twentieth century people marked the bread before baking it in the communal ovens, so the owner could recognised it.
Made in hand carved wood, they represented symbols linked to the pastoral world, often with apotropaic meaning, while the mark indicated the owner’s initials or the effigy of the family.
Roberto investigates this tradition with Madre Pane, a collection of bread stamps with symbolic and ornamental value through an earthen landscape of sculptural objects.
The abstract representation of Egg, Mother Hen, Tree and Millstone, refers respectively to the meanings of birth, maternal protection, growth and strength.
Made by refractory ceramic, a tactile and raw material used in bakery ovens, the collection is finished in various colours.
The mark, designed to bring back the owner’s initial, completes the stamp respecting the original tradition.
Cascina is a series of storage pots in Cotto Lombardo (Italy) that feature an exterior of rawness and tactile experience combined with the extraordinary aesthetic of this material, characterized by rich veins.
These pots have a gloss glazed interior and covers made by solid beech wood in contrast to the rough of the exterior.
The collection derived from researching the typologies and language associated with the tradition and methods of keeping food dry utilising Cotto Lombardo.
This material is obtained from the combination of two different types of clay, produced following the methods and techniques of traditional handicraft, in one of the last Fornaci left (laboratories for the production of Cotto Lombardo)
The name “Cascina” derives from the typical housing farm present in Lombardy, evidence of the rural world narrated in the movie “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” by Ermanno Olmi, awarded with “Palme d’or” at Cannes in 1978.