Wall Flowers: Valeria Nascimento’s Porcelain Wall Sculptures

Flower, by Val©ria Nascimento, 2008. Size: 100 x 100 cm (391/2 x 391/2 in.). Royal porcelain fired to 1260ºC (2300°F), mounted on wooden backing. Photo by Christopher Pillitz.

Flower, by Val©ria Nascimento, 2008. Size: 100 x 100 cm (391/2 x 391/2 in.). Royal porcelain fired to 1260ºC (2300°F), mounted on wooden backing. Photo by Christopher Pillitz.

I love Brazilian ceramic artist Val©ria Nascimento’s work. Her delicate, ultra-thin porcelain wall pieces seem to defy gravity. Ah yes, “Flower,” pictured at left, or “Roses,” pictured below, would be just perfect hanging on my living room wall (though it’s probably not the best idea considering the fact that I have a toddler).

Aside from being beautiful, these pieces are mounted on the wall in what I consider to be a pretty ingenious way. Val©ria uses galvanized flathead nails and glue (check with your supplier to determine the best glue to use) to affix her pieces to a wood backer, which is then hung. The nails are hidden due to the height and size of the porcelain pieces, giving the work a light, airy feel. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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Val©ria Nascimento often uses wood as a backing material to support and express her ideas. She has a sensitive and captivating approach to clay, with an understanding of space and the urban landscape from her experience as a qualified architect.Each piece of the porcelain is cut individually and formed from a thin textural slab. Once a selection of sizes is made and they have been through the kiln firing of 1260°C (2300°F), the wooden backing is cut to the required size and painted by a carpenter. Nascimento uses a variety of wood, from oak to MDF (if the surface needs to be painted).

Everything is then prepared for the installation of the ceramics; a selection of sizes and lengths of galvanized flathead nails are gathered to support the pieces. Starting from the centre and working outwards, the longer nails are used in the center and the smaller nails nearer to the outside. The flat heads of the nails provide a good surface to attach the ceramics to, and make it easy when hammering them into the wood. The varying height of the nails helps to add variety and depth to the whole piece.Once each nail is in the correct position, Nascimento begins to join the porcelain pieces, working from the center outwards, using an adhesive to glue the ceramic gently into position on each nail head. As there are a large number of pieces, the wood backing acts as a clean and unobtrusive surface, allowing the viewer to focus only on the ceramics. The nails are hidden due to the height of the porcelain. The larger pieces of ceramics on the outer edges are stuck directly on to the wooden backing, and also help to disguise the nails.

 

Nascimento is mainly inspired by the natural world, conveying this through her interest in the elements of repetition, and the sequence the forms take using this approach. Her main interest is with larger-scale wall pieces and installations; as the scale increases the opportunity for echoing the visual concept grows too. Using the wooden backing is key to making the ideas a reality. In some of Nascismento’s other wall pieces, she has used wood as a backing and created a large circular recess within the wooden frame within which the ceramic pieces sit. The wooden recess creates a perfect frame effect which shows off the ceramics very successfully.

To learn more about Val©ria Nascimento or see more images of her work, visit http://valerianascimento.com/.

Comments
  • Absolutely stunning. I love this!!

  • Absolutely stunning. I love this!!

  • It’s really interesting….and wonderful!!!!!I love it!!!

  • It’s really interesting….and wonderful!!!!!I love it!!!

  • Quanto orgulho. É BRASILEIRA!!!!

  • Quanto orgulho. É BRASILEIRA!!!!

  • Thanks for sharing–but how do you remove the art work from the wall?
    Do you recommend any particular adhesive product? Thanks!

  • Thanks for sharing–but how do you remove the art work from the wall?
    Do you recommend any particular adhesive product? Thanks!

  • Derroche de ingenio, habilidad y labor; Felicidades Valéria.

  • Derroche de ingenio, habilidad y labor; Felicidades Valéria.

  • Muito lindo!!! Delicado…. brasileiro…. Parabéns

  • Muito lindo!!! Delicado…. brasileiro…. Parabéns

  • this is soooo beautiful. the technique of gluing triggered some creative ideas i had. thank you Valeria for sharing your inspiring works. i recommend Valeria’s site. unusual art pieces. amazing work.

  • this is soooo beautiful. the technique of gluing triggered some creative ideas i had. thank you Valeria for sharing your inspiring works. i recommend Valeria’s site. unusual art pieces. amazing work.

  • Dusting and cobwebs could prove difficult. Are they displayed behind glass for “no cleaning problems” installation?

  • Dusting and cobwebs could prove difficult. Are they displayed behind glass for “no cleaning problems” installation?

  • Judith.. it looks like she mounts the ceramic on a separate board, then hangs the whole thing on the wall.
    Erica.. AGREE! I think you’d need to live in one of those dust-free houses to have this on the wall~
    But if the backing is painted with an enamel paint, it might make cleaning a bit easier.

  • Judith.. it looks like she mounts the ceramic on a separate board, then hangs the whole thing on the wall.
    Erica.. AGREE! I think you’d need to live in one of those dust-free houses to have this on the wall~
    But if the backing is painted with an enamel paint, it might make cleaning a bit easier.

  • Such a delicate and beautifull art, 4 thumbs up….

  • Such a delicate and beautifull art, 4 thumbs up….

  • One of the most gorgeous and touching work in porcelain I’ve ever seen.
    Thank you for this post.

    Alfredo Eandrade

  • One of the most gorgeous and touching work in porcelain I’ve ever seen.
    Thank you for this post.

    Alfredo Eandrade

  • Checked out the website. Love the textures and movement created by the way they are assembled. Very beautiful!

  • Checked out the website. Love the textures and movement created by the way they are assembled. Very beautiful!

  • Very Inspirational work Valeria. I love it

  • Very Inspirational work Valeria. I love it

  • Valeria, estoy impresionado de la calidad de tus Obras, gracias por permitirnos disfrutar de este bellisimo Trabajo. Felicidades!!!
    (Yo trabajo tambièn la ceràmica, especialmente en abstracto)

  • Valeria, estoy impresionado de la calidad de tus Obras, gracias por permitirnos disfrutar de este bellisimo Trabajo. Felicidades!!!
    (Yo trabajo tambièn la ceràmica, especialmente en abstracto)

  • Muchas Gracias, Jorge! Muy amable!

  • Muchas Gracias, Jorge! Muy amable!

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