Ceramics are intended to contain something. The ancient jars made by the first farmers-ceramicists held grain, liquids and food, were used for cooking and helped ensure a better quality of life. They also contained symbols and mementos for the ultimate journey. These archaic materials were long ago replaced by new, more durable, more versatile and especially less fragile materials. 

The ceramics on show here are also a kind of homage to these ancient artefacts and their history. New contents were prepared for them: secret words and secret glances, affectionate flights and wood nests, villages, suns and clouds on earthy roofs, enchanted women, marvellous pots and imagined countries. Yet there’s more: queens ruling dens and roots, custodians of night skies, animals quietly gazing at us, stoves as warm as memories, bowls resembling courtyards. Travel your roads, climb the steps and enter through their tiny doors.

Riccardo Biavati

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The dinner of one hundred bowls

Here they are, then, in all their variegated splendour: pot-bellied in keeping with the finest traditions, low and cylindrical like saucepans, tall and narrow in the middle like pharmacy jars, turned at the wheel or dove-tailed with evident finger-marks, and even with unusual frontal concavities resembling sea caverns. With handles from time to time resembling ears or hands on hips, as in the most classic Etruscan funerary vases.

On this occasion, it should be made quite clear – if there were any need – that we are talking about items that it would be as inappropriate to define as “earthenware pots” as it would to call Pinocchio “a piece of wood”, since they are evidently creatures having their own lives, moulded in the hands of the artist-creator with an already formed personality and, one may be certain, often very different to initial intentions. And in fact, the Ladies we have seen over the years ruling stars, moons in all their phases and everything in creation with an imperturbable and rather blasé detachment, now seem to have acquired an unexpected vivacity in contact with their new and exciting reality.

Riccardo Biavati

Riccardo Biavati was born in Ferrara on 14 February 1950. He took a diploma at the local Institute of Art and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (in Pictorial Decoration). From 1977 until 2007, he taught Pictorial Disciplines at the “Dosso Dossi” Institute of Art in Ferrara. In his studio in Via Brasavola 28, he works on ceramic sculptures and graphics; the workshop and showroom in Via Vignatagliata 39 is where he takes care of the artistic direction of Bottega delle Stelle.

Group Shows
1975 Sala della Cultura, Città di Finale Emilia, Modena
1980 “Artaga”, Galleria Voltone della Molinella, Faenza
1981 “Aletheia-Lethe”, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara “Ceramiche Popolari a fiato di tutto il mondo”, Vicenza
1987 45° Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte, Faenza
1989 XXIX Concorso Internazionale Ceramica d’Arte, Gualdo Tadino, Pg
1990  “Temperature” Arte Fiera, Galleria Il Giardino dell’Arte, Bologna
1992 “Ceramiche Italiane contemporanee”, Saga, Shigaraki e Toki, Giappone “Piazza Italia Design Italiano”, New York “Viaggi tra terre e mare”, Galleria d’Arte Gulliver, Marciana Marina, Isola d’Elba-Livorno
1995 Mostra della Ceramica – Ceramisti Italiani”, Castellamonte “Italian Artists”, Gallery 754 – Ohio – U.S.A.
1996 Europa e Venezuela: Vincolo Ceramico, Caracas
 1998 “Cotta Terra”, Rocca Paolina, Perugia
 1999 Premio al Concorso Internazionale di Ceramica, “Péckvillercher”, Luxemburg
2006 “Terre Ritrovate”, La Meridiana e Galleria Gulliver, Certaldo
2008 “Cerco”, Esposizione ceramica contemporanea Spazio Nibe, Zaragoza, Spagna 2010 “Fischia il gallo”, Museo dinamico del laterizio e delle terrecotte. Marciano, Pg.
2011 “Open To Art”, Officine Saffi, Milano, Italy. “Segno e Racconto” Le arti della ceramica. Comune di Padova. “Chicchere oggi”. Museo del vino. Torgiano, Pg. 54° Edizione della Biennale di Venezia. Sala Nervi. Torino

Personal Shows
1978 • Centro Attività Visive, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara
1985 • 1° Premio Concorso Nazionale Ceramiche a fiato, Ostuni, Brindisi
1991 • “Progetti Poetici” Galleria Il Giardino dell’Arte, Bologna
1993 • “Racconti – Sculture in ceramica”, Galleria Il Vicolo, Genova
1995 • Premio Parini, Palazzo Libertini, San Marco, Caltagirone
1997 • “L’Officina delle Stelle ovvero le Stufe degli Dei”, Circolo degli Artisti, Faenza
2000 • Riccardo Biavati e la Bottega delle Stelle, Padiglione d’ Arte Contemporanea di Palazzo Massari, Ferrara Riccardo Biavati – Sculture, Galleria Rosso Tiziano, Piacenza Riccardo Biavati, Denis Conley Gallery, Akron, USA
2001 • “Luci Lucerne Lucignoli”, Fondazione Lungarotti, Torgiano, Perugia
2003 • Riccardo e la Bottega delle Stelle, Spazio Nibe, Milano
2004 • “La Cena delle Cento Ciotole”, Circolo degli Artisti, Faenza
2005 • “Vasi Abitati”, Quadreria Blarasin, Macerata
2007 • “Palazzo Viaggiante”, Galleria Tricromia, Roma  “Fuoco, Fuochino…”, Galleria CDART-arte contemporanea, Parma
2008 • “Montagneincantate”, Tonhaus, Bolzano  “Forni Incantati”, Galleria Licna Hisa, Hjdovscina, Slovenia “La Cena delle Cento Ciotole”, Oasi Naturale Le Pradine, Mirabello, Ferrara Riccardo Biavati e La Bottega delle Stelle, Vecchia Pescheria Comunale, Cervia
2009 • “La Cena delle Cento Ciotole”, Hotel Cernia, Capo Sant’ Andrea, Isola d’Elba, Livorno “Arte in Giardino”, a cura di Galleria Gulliver, Hotel Cernia, Capo Sant’ Andrea, Isola d’Elba, Livorno “I Suoni delle Stelle”, Atelier d’Arts et Metiers, Cogne “Suoni di Luci e di Stelle”, Spazio Rosso Tiziano, Piacenza
2010 • “Riccardo Biavati e La Bottega delle Stelle”, Galleria Scrimin, Bassano del Grappa
2011 • “Riccardo Biavati e La Bottega delle Stelle/Dentro la Fornace 20011”, Fornace Pagliero, Castellamonte, Torino “Riccardo Biavati e La Bottega delle Stelle/Dentro la Fornace 20011”, Spazio Rosso Tiziano, Piacenza.

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