Handmade ceramics tell human stories.....
Hi! I'm Liana, the owner and artist behind Sculpture and Design Ceramics based in Toronto, ON.
I received my BFA from OCADU and continued my formal education in craft and design from Sheridan College. While studying in Florence, I worked alongside artisans and restoration artists who inspired the passion for sculpture that drives my work forward. Today, my studio practice is influenced by the virtues of Italian fine arts, design and architecture.
I specialize in ceramics and sculpture, focusing on figurative
forms and lively floral installations. I also produce a line of unconventional functional ceramics that experiment with light and the weightlessness of porcelain. I hope my Sculpture and Design collections can bring a little fun and lighthearted beauty into your daily routine.
It's the quiet moments, like having a cup of morning tea in your favourite mug or sitting in a room filled with your beloved works of art, that start your day in your own special way.
The flower that grows from the stone is a symbol of hope...
These floral sculptures breath life into the clay with lively transformation. Winding, blooming botanical sculptures; each petal pressed so thinly that light passes through the translucent porcelain.
This work tenaciously challenges the fragility of ceramics and derives strength from its organic forms.
Porcelain Peony Wall Installation- Private Installation
24Kt Gold Gilded Frame
10' x 12'
Working within both the decorative and fine arts, I collaborate with designers and other craftspeople to construct artful and unique living spaces.
The Sculpture and Design Studio is equipped to design, produce and install sculptural works to meet the needs of both private and public projects.
...the women in our family
have “mani d’oro”
(hands of gold)
When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me how to make traditional Italian bread sculptures. She was the first of her family to immigrate from a small town in Italy to Toronto, and practicing these traditions gave her strength. It was during this time that I began to understand my own cultural identity and start my journey towards sculpture. My grandmother gave me a passion for craftsmanship and Italian art that brings my work to life today. She would tell me,
" you can make whatever your heart desires because the women in our family have “mani d’oro” (hands of gold)."
IN THE STUDIO
I run my studio practice in Toronto, producing both functional ceramics and sculpture.
I invite you into my studio for a closer look at my process working with porcelain and ceramic materials.
Every day starts with a cut of clay - my job is to find the flower within the stone.
Trained in Florence Italy, I work with a variety of gilding techniques used in sculpture, framing, furniture, and wall surfaces. My Sculpture and Design Studio offers custom painted finishes and gilding services in precious metal including 24 kt gold, moon gold, silver, palladium, as well as copper, faux gold and aluminium
Liana Tarantini runs her studio practice in her private studio within the GTA.
Liana also works part-time at The Shop Toronto where she contributes to this communal creative space and connect with the local ceramic community.
INQUIRIES & ORDERS
Need it by a certain date?
Please note that new/custom orders require a minimum of 3-4 weeks of production time.
Liana Tarantini Sculpture and Design retains the rights to all designs. Pieces may be posted to social media or elsewhere and may be replicated by the designer for any usage.