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CANOA: Ancient Sense & Modern Sensibility

CANOA: Ancient Sense & Modern Sensibility
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CANOA’s line of beguiling, organic ceramics and jewellery began with the meeting of Raquel Vidal and Pedro Paz on a fine arts course in Granada. However its roots lie in ancient traditions of craft and creation.

“We were learning two trades that were new for us, old for humanity,” the designers remember. “We were discovering that craftsmanship requires slow and precise endeavour to evolve. We were thinking about time, as the most valuable element we have, and the necessity for inquisitiveness to create. We realised we wanted to make things that took into account the traditional values and natural rhythms of human creation since the beginning of civilisation.”

This is no small endeavour, a sprawling process formed of many hours of practice and many centuries of inspiration. For the designers, this composite is best expressed in their name, which is an allusion to the canoe.

“The first canoe appeared in history when someone decided to hollow out a log and use it to sail down a river. The canoe’s movement requires human strength but its prow and poop have the same shape, so it heads in no specific direction but is drifted by the current. That’s what we were looking for, a project which could develop itself, steered by us but at the same time diverted by the effects of nature.”

The pieces that emerge from this collision of conscious and instinctive creation are textured, crafted and, in a world too used to mass production, actually unique. The stoneware pots emerge from the kiln as a surprise, their dappled glazes each subtly different. The jewellery pieces are modelled using beeswax, the soft malleability allowing infinite textures to be transferred onto the silver and gold.

“CANOA is about having the curiosity to try new things,” the designers say. “The backbone to everything we do is interest – our endless need to learn and experiment with objects, words, images, space and time. We never think about a concrete use for each object, this decision will be taken by the owner, according to their imagination and sensitivity. We only hope that each piece will find a special place where they can be used with respect.”

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