Studying the chemical composition of the two materials (porcelain and lava) Francesco Pace noticed that they partially share a similar chemical composition. Through this observation, he arrived at the idea to treat the Lava as a ceramic material. During the firing, the two structure bond together and the final results is a stronger new material. This close-up shows the first working results of almost one-year experimentation.
The investigation of alternative solutions through the study of folklore and natural events is one of the key elements of Tellurico’s practice. This project, “Telluride”, presents the first results of specific material research that looks into the possibilities of using volcanic rocks as a combined element with porcelain clay and high-firing glazing.
During the firing, the lava melts breaking the porcelain structure and creating an organic and unexpected texture. The two structures components bond together and the material result is solid and with high resistance to impacts.