Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. public. Learn more.

Forma

A work made of glazed stoneware.

Image actions

  • A work made of glazed stoneware.

Date:

1967

Artist:

Carlo Zauli (Italian, 1926–2002)
Faenza, Italy

About this artwork

The components of this work are all wheel-thrown, having been produced when Zauli was committed to working on the potter’s wheel almost exclusively. The subtle and varied glaze on Forma became known as Bianco Zauli or Zauli White, and is a result of his experiments with wood ash, zirconium, silica, and quartz during the firing process.

A native of Faenza, Italy—the namesake of the French term faïence, or tin-glazed earthenware—Zauli was drawn early to his region’s renowned ceramic tradition, enrolling in the city’s Royal Institute of Ceramic Art in 1937 at the age of eleven. In the early years of his career he worked exclusively in the low-fire earthenware and tin glazes typical of Faenza potters. However, in the mid-1950s he began a period of great experimentation and made what was considered a radical decision in Faenza: to work exclusively with stoneware rather than earthenware clay bodies. Stoneware production—largely a northern endeavor—had little precedent in Italy, and indeed Zauli said that his early forays into high-fire stoneware production were “like exploring a sea floor still unknown.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Carlo Zauli

Title

Forma

Origin

Faenza

Date

1967

Medium

Glazed stoneware

Dimensions

34 × 42 × 28 cm (13 3/8 × 16 9/16 × 11 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift.

Reference Number

2019.1415

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share