Paola Masi was born in Rome on the 11th of April 1973.
She first began throwing pots at Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2001. She has studied and lived in England, Mexico, Italy and Spain. In 2003 she took the opportunity to study as an apprentice alongside Master Potter Owen Watson in Onzain, France.
Through the apprenticeship she had the great privilege to access the very essence of pottery in its pure approach inspired mainly by Song as well as Korean and Japanese ceramics.
As a student of Sufi philosophy she is inspired in her continued search for the essence of beauty in all its forms: in music, in philosophy, in poetry and most of all in nature.
Having grown up in a small town outside Rome, she was influenced by the Italian landscape, design, art and architecture.
Since 2003 she has exhibited in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Japan. In 2007 she co-founded LaNaveBCN studios in Barcelona with British sculptor Sophie-Elisabeth Thompson, where Masi continues to throw and teach her craft.
”I throw with porcelain and stoneware on a kick-wheel and fire at 1280º in an electric kiln.
I look for rhythm and harmony between the shapes , glazes, the turning wheel and my hands.
Turning , moving clay requires a still mind in order to allow the creation of a form where less is more.
Porcelain bodies: pure whiteness underneath dark black or green glazes.
Bowls as empty vessels,glazes as minerals with water through fire.Stillness in movement, silence in music: pots as witnesses of Beauty.
This collection of works are the outcome of the last years of my journey through the ceramic world.”