Carlo Pastore ed Elisabetta Bovina
Elisabetta Bovina and Carlo Pastore, born respectively in 1961 and 1965, are two master ceramicists graduated from Faenza's ISIA (Training School for the Artistic Industries).
Since 1995 they are known as ELICA, the name they chose for their atelier located in Bologna, where they work with stoneware and porcelain. Their distinctive style is the result of the contamination between different disciplines: in their work, ceramics interact with set design and performative arts. Besides crafting their own pieces, they also work for other brands such as Arcolaio, Raramanu and Visionnaire, while also collaborating with Ossigeno magazine. From 2004 to 2007 they collaborated with Confartigianato planning and curating ceramics exhibitions. In 2009 they opened “Crete pièce unique” in Bologna, a multi-purpose space serving both as a showroom for their artworks, a gallery where they showcase items by selected designers and artisans, and an experimental platform for performing arts. In 2020 Elisabetta Bovina held a course in Product Design at IFTS (Technical Training School) and FitStiC Foundation (Technical Training School for Creative Industries and Technologies) in Faenza, and in the last couple years she has been teaching Product Design and Contemporary ceramic design at ECIPAR, holding an IFTS course in Faenza.
Among their most recent exhibitions, a selection of their creations was showcased at “Homo Faber 2022” at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, and at “Fittile” at Milan's Triennale, curated by Ugo la Pietra. Their artworks often travel to London, where they are showcased at Madeinbritaly gallery. Their most iconic production is probably the “In alto i cuori” collection: the project, started in 2009 and still ongoing, reinterprets the theme of the heart in the shape of vases, containers for flowers, ideas and messages, brush-painted and hand-decorated with letters, numbers and figures, tiny handmade sculptures holding contemporary messages written in a universal language.