Few weeks ago I happen to visit a little shop in Milan, Italy specialized in Asian furnitures, tableware and decoration: MAME Milano.
There is a wonderful collection, but a couple of vases attracted then my attention: some of them looks like made in a style that recalls Japanese taste for vases, but indeed I found they are made in Italy! The author or, better, the ceramic master is Polly Ceramics.
However, I have had the chance to call and meet her the week after my visit to MAME. She gave me a wider view on her art projects and inspiration that nowadays comes from a globalized world, but with a particular attention to the process and sustainable business. By travelling and collecting small amount of clay and material in Italy, for example near rivers and caves, Polly is keen in portraying nature in a variety of shapes, her style is organic but always with attention to the perfect harmony of lines. Her glazes are patiently developed and chosen to get special textures and effects.
That day, during a brief interview, I see her love an passion for creating unique pieces only addressed to real art collectors, not for the mass market for sure. I hope she will make her business grown for good, since I see the link between a globalized culture and love towards art in every shape. A vase, a jar and rice bowl or any ornamental shapes created by Polly Ceramics have a magical specific weight and texture; by touching them you will be given a sensorial experience that will bring your memories up to the surface of our consciousness.
However, take some time to pass by the wonderful Milan and visit MAME in via Pier Capponi 4, 20145 and see the beautiful collection of the shop, very unique in the business city of Italy.
Yesterday there has been the first event of 2011 promoted to develop the cultural exhcange between Korea and Italy.
The soiree, greatly organized by Michella Kim, founder of the CIAC (acronym for Corea-Italia Associazione, Arte e Cultura; in English Korea-Italy Association, Art and Culture), was set in one of the coolest location Milan nowaday can offer: at Combines XL, an art and design space in via Montevideo 9, Milan.
Korean guests who have worked in Italy for years were introduced to us at the very beginning of the party.
Visual artists, such as Sung Heun Kim, T-Yong Kim, fashion designers as Ho Bin Wang, Kiho Kim and his Japanese wife Momoko Hashigami, and the architect Hyun Seok Kim could teach us something about their beautiful country and their precious experience of life in Italy and Europe as well.
Furthermore, the party was enriched by an elegant buffet prepared by the chef, Kyu Joon Kim, who greatly managed to give us a taste of Korea trough several appetizers, and the staff was entirely composed by Korean students of art.
The happening was a precious opportunity to know better about the sophisticated culture and art of Korea.