Exploring Barro Negro pottery from the Tondela region, in which the collection finds it title, and sourcing stone from the quarries of Estremoz and cork from Algarve, Made in Situ’s investigation into Portuguese crafts and techniques is celebrated through their black ceramic forms, with the sensorial perceptions of smell, touch, and light. “The designed pieces are the fruits of my adventures, explorations of geological and biological textures, patterns, materials, and their related techniques,” explains Duchaufour-Lawrance. “Above all, my stimulation comes from human knowledge and sensitivity, linking to and embedded in each specific place.”
The pieces in the collection delve into themes of connection, land formation, and buried flames, thereby embodying elements of earth and fire. “Because of the porousness of the material, the distinct atmospheric experiences in the powerful surrounding mountains and the smoke, the flames and the earth of the Soenga, perfume diffusers resonated as a medium through which to explore and share the full sensual experience of this place,” explains Duchaufour-Lawrance of some of the pieces in the collection. ‘Barro Negro’ is on display at Made in Situ in Lisbon. For more information or to see the exhibition, click here.