When we are creative, we create something. You can clot clay on the wall. But when is something sacred to you? When all the love has flowed into your own doing and you discover the beauty of this devotion. We have the honor to welcome two great clay artists for this workshop, Isabella Breda and Kenji Matsuki, who in every moment work in this devotion. Two masters of clay art who, in addition to technology, above all convey their love for the earth in every moment.
Where does the workshop take place?The project – Su Orteduso
Mediation between man and (his) nature should be paramount in this project so that this journey, almost as an aside, can be completed without a fuss and without teacher, trainer or guru. Without wishing to belong to a religion, for me it was a matter of emotional creation of a place that serves anyone who has the courage to let himself step down from sending to receiving, who dares to hearken to the faint tones of nature in order to have his own existential experience that he alone creates and that is just as faint, mystical and hidden as the secret worth discovering.
Su Orteduso is created based on sustainable cycles close to nature and in perpetual operation. We used David Holmgreen’s twelve principles of permaculture. They are: 1. Observe and interact: 2. Catch and store energy; 3. Generate a yield; 4. Apply self-regulation and learn from feedback; 5. Use renewable resources and services; 6. Produce no waste; 7. Design patterns first and then details; 8. Integrate rather than segregate; 9. Use small and slow solutions; 10. Use and value diversity; 11. Use edges and value the marginal; 12. Use and respond creatively to changes.
By long-term observation of the nature of this 25 ha hill at a location steeped in history between a historical cemetery and an old prison from Mussolini’s times in Castiadas - roughly one hour east of Cagliari toward the coast, - we attempt to create solutions that are in the best possible harmony with our lives. On the property right at the foot of the Sette Fratelli National Park, there were traditionally hundreds of olive trees. We made a “Food Forest” out of this with additional, old fruit and vegetable varieties, found herbs for natural pest control, dug kilometers of trenches at an elevation line to keep the rain water on the property and preserve it from the threat of desertification, built stone terraces, brought solar power to the area to pump water, created micro-environments with organic material and worms to have a continual supply of compost soil. The logic according to which this place has been built does not allow people to consume their environment, but rather to enter a productive, very respectful and thankful, creative exchange with it. This type of interaction and relationship between the human beings and their natural environment leads to changes in the behavior of the settlers, which is in turn the basis for the existential experience of a dimension of human existence that it is not accessible to reason.
Adresse: Azienda Agricola Marius, Su Orteduso / vicino il vecchio cimentero, 09040 Castiadas, Italy / Sardinia