Inspired by the garden, poetry and good soul of Deuzani, artisan of the Jequitinhonha Valley. This piece well summarizes the purpose of Yankatu: to shed light on Brazilian artisans’ works.
The traditional ceramic flowers stuck on wooden sticks become luminaires through a new way of looking at them, increasing its proportions and depth. The flower core, made of solid wood and resin, houses a lamp developed exclusively for Yankatu by Zolt. The indirect light generated illuminates the graceful traditional painting.
The wire that conducts the electricity is covered by organic cotton yarns grown in Paraíba by family farmers. The switch and plug are wrapped in wood. Delicate brass pieces supplied by Casa Costillas finalizes the luminaire.
These ceramics production process, traditional of the Jequitinhonha Valley, is 100% manual, from the extraction and preparation of the clay to the modeling and painting of the pieces with inks pigmented by different types of clay and stones found in the region, creating unique characteristics that couldn’t be repeated. All made by the hands of artisan Deuzani Gomes dos Santos and her daughters Marcilene and Gil, in Coqueiro Campo, a small community in Minas Gerais.
Coincidence, fate or chance ... I cannot say, I only know that once again I saw myself in Minas Gerais, received with sincere joy, a tight embrace and eyes that smile.
Getting to Jequitinhonha Valley is like diving into part of history, one that changed many lives and influenced so many others.
It is a place with women of strength, determination and courage. Women who put their souls in the clay and through it describe their lives and welcome their dreams, expressing all the delicacy and softness that they have inside them. Women who while molding the clay learned to respect time, without letting it pass, accept adversity, without accommodating, and today plant their gardens around the world, rewriting their stories.
It was there, in Jequitinhonha Valley, a place so full of past, of stories and traditions, that I filled my soul with the future and learned to live with time. The time where the old and the new blend, merge, transform into each other and become part of our memories.
"To be a woman in the valley is to be a precious stone among rough gravel." Deuzani Gomes dos Santos - set. 2016
Ceramic, Coqueiro Campo, Vale do Jequitinhonha, MG - Brazil Wood work, Jaú, SP - Brazil
Organic cotton, Campina Grande, PB - Brazil
2019 | Manual Gallery by Casa & Jardim Magazine | Revestir fair | São Paulo, SP - Brazil 2018 | 6th Prize of Brazilian Object | A CASA Museum | São Paulo, SP - Brazil 2017 | Moldar Mudar exhibition | A CASA Museum | São Pauo, SP - Brazil