Utilitarian ceramics “Ideas in forms”: creativity and cultural values ​​(+ Photos)

By Lázaro David Najarro Pujol / Photos: courtesy of the event).(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

Camagüey, Cuba, Aug 11.- The Caguayo Foundation, of Santiago de Cuba and the National Museum of Contemporary Cuban Ceramics, in Havana, put into practice novel initiatives aimed at stimulating a utilitarian ceramic that distinguishes by creativity and innovation, values aesthetics, functionality, productive feasibility, cultural virtues and commercial attractions.

Precisely those institutions, with the support of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, organized the First National Contest of Utilitarian Ceramics “Ideas in forms”. The jury decided to organize a group exhibition that will be exhibited for a month at the National Museum of Ceramics, in Havana.

Among the works of creators from different Cuban provinces, the jury, after difficult deliberations, conferred the single award to the project Medio punto. Tostonera, by Adrián García Álvarez, Sandra Quintana Echemendía and Arantxa Sánchez Puentes.

They considered that the set of pieces has, among other qualities, that it can “solve from the design – starting from a basic geometric shape – a typical need of Cuban everyday life; given its easy adaptation to technological processes that guarantee high productivity; as well as the high dose of originality, creativity and innovation ”.

Also, among the 63 projects evaluated, the PETIT Collection stands out. Perfume containers, by Jesús Mariño Silva, Jany Mariño Bermúdez and Harold Mariño Bermúdez, which stand out for the coherent aesthetic relationship, productive viability that enables low production costs, as well as the permeability of the material and the sealing that guarantee the tightness necessary for this type of container.

Visitors will also be able to view the project Barro sin cress. Mega bowls, by Jorge Armando Acosta, Maday Acosta, Didier Acosta and Zoraida Posada, a work that is characterized by the adequate application of the decoration technique on the roof, using simple motifs, which allows limited serial editions.

It also stands out for its various possibilities of use as veneers for interior and exterior surfaces Ojo de agua. Decorative slab for water mirrors, by Maité Duménigo Bordón. According to the criteria of the specialists, the symmetry and irregularity of the proposal originates “dissimilar aesthetic expressions when combined in a large format; in addition, the pressing technique for its execution allows high productivity ”.

Spectators will be able to enjoy other high-quality pieces, such as those that make up the Ceramic Container Set, by Elisa García Isidrón, who conceived “a container based on a simple geometric motif that allows food to be contained in small portions; the combination of its elements generate an attractive visuality according to its arrangement. At the same time, its production by casting facilitates its serial production in a simple and economical way ”.

Equally impressive is Corax Vases. System of multipurpose containers, designed by Damián Colmines Guerra and dominated by an organic shape that enables the coupling between the elements of the system and a coherent aesthetic expression between its pieces; in addition to its multifunctional character.

The provinces of Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas, and Camagüey are represented in the exhibition with the finalist works in the First National Contest of Utilitarian Ceramics “Ideas in forms”, which can also be seen by lovers of the demonstration in the eastern Cuba.

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