Is traditional raku the only technique you use?
Not at all. I often work with naked raku, in which smoke penetrates the thin clay; Raku Dolce from Arezzo, characterised by coral-coloured clay; Saggar firing, where a container protects the piece in the kiln, and others. I like to experiment with them all, often combining two or more in the same piece.
What is the key feature of your creations?
Simple shapes and clear lines on the one hand, derived from my design background, and a creative twist on the other, which is strictly connected with raku and its intrinsic randomness. They perfectly represent my dual vocation for design and art.
©Denis Di Luca
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mostly from travelling and observing the world around me. If I see a bridge, a building, or even a gesture, something clicks in my mind. I made vases inspired by the elbow bump, the alternative greeting born during the pandemic.
Do you ever work on commission?
Sometimes, and I particularly enjoy it when it involves collaborating with architects and interior designers. It’s very interesting to work with someone else and carry out a project from beginning to end. I was once in charge of all tableware and wall decorations for a restaurant in Pesaro.