Paola Gorelli’s pottery to put history on your table.
At Toscana Lovers the artist Paola Gorelli proposes pottery inspired by the typical sienese ones from twelve and thirteen century, just like a gothic dream that never ended.
di Donatella Cinelli Colombini
The gothic pottery that are preserved in the museums of Siena and Montalcino tell about a rich and elegant past. In the thirteen and fourteen century the city of the Palio was the financial centre of the part of Europe that was connected by the Via Francigena.
THE SIENESE GOTHIC POTTERY BY PAOLA GORELLI
The reproductions of Sienese medieval pottery made by Paola Gorelli are true to the original also in the technique of execution because they are turned and painted by hand by an artist that studied the technique thoroughly, like in the artisan shops of eight hundred years ago. Every piece is slightly different from the other so each one is unique, a fragment of a real tradition.
The Toscana lovers shops in Siena, Bagno Vignoni and Cortona offer the new collection of pottery by Paola Gorelli that painted gothic motives on daily use objects like penholders, tiles and coasters.
THIRTEEN CENTURY POTTERY IN MONTALCIN
After the battle of Montaperti in 1260, the capital of Brunello was a first-class economic centre with tannery tanks and leather production, kilns for ceramics, huge convents and hospitals. Montalcino was in fact the first healthy area beyond the marshes of Maremma infested by malaria. The Republic of Siena built the Palazzo dei Priori right in the city centre in the second half of the 13th century. It was a slender and well-proportioned stone building which is still the pride of the Brunello people. In the recesses of the roof , the builders placed broken ceramic pots that were found during the twentieth-century restoration and constitute one of the major collections of gothic ceramics.
They are bowls, jugs, small basins with a clear background and decorations in ramina (green) and manganese (brown) with geometric drawings, leaves and imaginary animals also with human appearance. I personally contributed to the return of these ceramics to Montalcino After having been exhibited in Siena in 1909 they were then left in the offices of the Superintendence and I managed to bring them back home having my Lions Club give away the crystal cases in which display them in the local Museum of Sacred Art
FOURTEEN CENTURY POTTERY IN SIENA
In 2001 also in Siena there was a similar discovery in the fourteenth-century vaults of the Convent of Carmine, also in that case during the restoration. The collection of Siena’s ceramics is now kept in the Museum of Santa Maria della Scala and doesn’t differ much from that of Montalcino. Many immages are“zoomorphic” ,in some cases really disturbing like a bird with a human face.