Italian ceramicist Paola Paronetto gives her Cartocci collection of “paper clay” objects their unique look by combining paper pulp and fiber into the ceramic mixtures that she uses. The vessels’ intriguing textures and seeming fragility combine to compel a viewer to want to touch them and also refrain from doing so.
Paronetto takes her inspiration from the beauty inherent in nature and works to achieve a balance between experimentation and formal considerations. Her collections include purely decorative objects, sometimes of notable size, as well as everyday objects. Each individual piece, she maintains, reveals both the artisan’s skill and the artist’s communicative intentions.
Paola Paronetto was born in Pordenone, Italy in 1965. Her artistic development has been fostered by the continuous experimentation in her own production and teaching at the La Meridiana School of Ceramics, Tuscany.
Above image: Paola Paronetto’s Cartocci collection of paper clay objects