Lisbon based artist Maria Ana Vasco Costa is a treasure of the ceramic world. With a degree in Ceramics and Fine arts and a Masters in Architecture, combining these two worlds into her work seems to be something she does best.
Resulting from a creative need to experiment with the possibilities of ceramics by playing with colour, pattern, texture, and form, The Wall Project was born. Produced on a small scale, geometric shaped tiles are created and manipulated by Vasco Costa to enable the beauty of the handmade to shine through and for artisanal variety to create ambience.
Red and white clay tiles fired at low temperatures are used for indoor projects, and more resistant stoneware is used for exteriors. The sculpted tiles are designed to be arranged in a variety of ways, and the bespoke creations make each project unique.
Currently Maria Ana works as the head of the Ceramic Department in Ar.Co Centro de Arte and Comunicação Visual. She was shortlisted for the Mostyn Open 19, a Welsh exhibition showcasing the best contemporary art from Wales and around the world, and from 2016-18 won several Surface Design Awards.
Until 7th October 2019 her work will be on show at The Land of the Glazed Cities: 500 years of Azulejo in Portugal in the Palace Museum, Beijing.
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, July 2019.