Paolo Iori

Artistic approach

In the beginning is an interest in earth, which is the basic element of a personal study on three dimension shapes and one element of my research on colors. Then comes the desire to associate other materials: wood, glass, iron. The strength behind my creation is analysis, research for balance and harmony in shapes that transform the original concept of a structure and allow to reach new dimensions. Each piece is handmade by mounting clay plates.  The color is prepared with clay together with different materials and metallic oxides that vitrify at different temperatures. The color is applied before firing which takes place in one step at a temperature reaching about 1200°C.

Key dates

I was Born in Rome in 1960.

1980-1990: I started working ceramics in 1980 in a co-operative in Rome, which allowed me to tackle the different production phases.  I was a molder and took part in the study of projects. At the same time I went through some training in Rome, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence) and Urbino.

In Florence (Sesto Fiorentino) I worked in a molding workshop with Master Bruschi and Master Gigli, mainly making models in clay and plaster.  There I learned to master the technique of throwing plaster models on the wheel for the large-scale distribution (in stoneware, porcelain, earthenware) and for the industrial design.  This was a great opportunity to master the various techniques and make the work of industrial and artistic production as simple as possible.

1986 was a key turn in my artistic career as I created a new line of interior design called ‘J.Livingstone’, – a semi industrial and artistic production. Then I developed a new interest in sculpture which made me break with the industrial production as such in search for pure artistic expression.

The most important exhibitions in which I took part include: Donato Massa in Naples in 1987, prized with an Oscar, the International Exhibition in Gualdo Tadino (Perugia) in 1987, 1988 and 1991.

1990: Departure from Italy to London and concentration on sculpture work.  Important exhibitions include: Morley Gallery, Argile Gallery in 1990, ‘Decorative Art Today’ and ‘Contemporary Ceramics Master Work’ Bonhams Knithsbridge in 1992, ‘London Contemporary Art Fair’ Business and Design Centre in 1994.

1994, Departure from London to Belgium

In Belgium, my interest in interior design has made me develop a lighting line in respect of my research on balance between shapes and colors.  I have also continued my work on sculptures that I mainly develop for exhibitions.

Key stages in integrating the Belgium artistic associative world:

  • Member of the ‘Office des Métiers’ since 1999 (member of the Administrative Board 2003-2005) I also took part in several exhibitions.
  • Molding course given in Wavre (atelier Hins) in 2000
  • Molding training given in the workshop of rue Voot in Brussels, invited by the Ceramist Marie Chantelot in 2005.
  • Member of Awex (Salon Maison et Objet in Paris in 2000)
  • Molding course given at La Cambre in Brussels in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017.
  • Creation of art pieces in collaboration with Big Game for the collective exhibition ‘Big Game Overview’ (Grand Hornu in 2008)
  • Molding courses given in Liege (Centre d’expression et de créativité in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017)
  • Molding Workshop for the cinema option in 2015 with Vincent Gilot (la Cambre – Brussels)
  • Molding Training given in the ‘Master Food Design’ in 2015 (Académie Royale des Beaux Arts Bruxelles)