However, evolution of traditional mastery must be considered with caution, as we are talking about a cultural clash between two different ways of approaching this particular product and the particular way in which it is created. On the one hand we have the design that focuses, amongst other things, on industrial production, trends and norms to be respected. On the other hand, we have the handicraft in which each piece is different and the knowledge is passed from generation to generation, enjoying creative and formal freedom.” (Renato Rio Costa)
Black pottery is a secular art passed between generations of craftsmen who are dedicated to the production and commercialisation of utilitarian and decorative pieces. With this, the Bisarro concept is based on the strong symbiosis between the different worlds of design and craftsmanship, resulting in unique ideas and products.” (Renato Rio Costa)
We do not add any chemicals to the clay we use. The oak wood used on some pieces, as well as the cork on some of our tops are sourced and produced in Portugal.” (Renato Rio Costa)
Each item is made by hand and enjoys a few small semi-industrial processes, such as plaster moulds and electrical pottery wheels. They are then fired in an artisanal oven with brush biomass or firewood that is collected during forest grazing. Each piece is unique, due to their blackand unpredictable spots, which occur during firing.
Each Bisarro item is packaged manually in recycled cardboard boxes, gently wrapped in newspaper and protected with sawdust sourced from local carpenters in our region of Vila Real, Portugal.” (Renato Rio Costa)