Gingo - Gianfranco Scappatura
Born in Como on February 24, 1969; after gaining his doploma at the artistic high school “Michelangelo” of Como, he entered the “Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti” in Milan and then, after graduating the qualified as a potter at the “Cova” school of Milan. It is conceptually difficult to classify his artistic production (painting, sculpture, ceramics), it develops itself along an imaginary border line between contemporary in the sense of mediatic reality (ratio) and original spontaneity (instinct). Above all in his paintings, the subjects take on a deep meaning that by stripping them of flesh, bring out the heart of an existential path in which soul and animal nature are so reciprocal as to deny the demarcation line between evolved and primitive, leaving human being naked in all its bestial fragility. Likewisehis sculpture-ceramics (laps totem, frames) of fantastic animals and playfull exasperations bring us into a surreal world where realty is just an optional connected to the object-functionality. The artistic works of Gianfranfranco Scappatura known an “Gingo”, are characterized by simplicity and technical refinement which allow him the possibility to create unique pieces in a complicent alternance of matter in life.
The Raku technique
The making raku pottery it involves the use of a firecley whose surface is coated with special enamels with low melting point and limited number of components (carbonate of lead oxide, colemanite, kaolin and silica). The good result of the finished piece is strictly connected to the baking which is very delicate because the oven is brought to high temperatures in a very short time .. in this phase the piece is pulled out by pliers and placed first into a chamber with natural combustible material (sawdust, dry leaves etc.) to smoke and then into a tank of water or in the open air 8cooling phase). Because of the thermal shock the pieces go through, this is most risky way to fire but if correctly made this technique can produce unique, unrepeatable pieces for their colours and chromatic effects.