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Motions, emotions: Q&A with Chiara Della Santina

For a new series of interviews with artists and creatives entrepreneurs, I reached out to my friend Chiara Della Santina, owner of ClaireLune Ceramics, whose work never ceases to amaze me.

Chiara Della Santina makes small batch, handmade ceramics centred on mindfulness and slow living. At her home studio in Capalbio, Tuscany, she creates unique cups, mugs and plates, decorative items including vases, planters and incense burners, as well as customised, one-of-a-kind pieces for her clients.

Here is an excerpt.

Image courtesy of Chiara Della Santina

What first drew you to the medium of pottery and ceramics, as well as the minimalistic aesthetic of your pieces? 

Since I was a child I was always very creative and curious. I was naturally drawn to anything that pertained to the world of arts, such as drawing, dancing, playing music and any type of craft I may have been exposed to. My hometown was originally an Etruscan settlement, and as part of our primary school curriculum, we had a few pottery classes where we were taught the main ancient techniques that Etruscans used to make ceramic vessels. That experience enraptured me and the fantasy of taking pottery lessons stayed with me all my life, until I finally decided it was time to give it a try. 

Most of my designs come from moments of introspection and mindful observation, and I like to think of them as entities that dwell in my inner space. A space that I can access only through the gentle exploration of my very own silence.

Read the full interview here.