The creation of Eva | Eva Design

The creation of Eva

The first prototype

Eva was born from a real-sized prototype - 30cm in diameter - made of clay and repeatedly worked and geometrically refined  to replicate the apple as William Zanotto designed it. Once the desired shape was obtained, three molds were created for the mold design; the first for the lower half of the apple, the second for the upper half and the third for the petiole. Unlike the petiole, which is solid, the two halves of the apple are hollow. The two molds that make up the "sphere" are filled with fresh white soil, still in liquid state. The filling of the plaster mold is repeated until the outer layer of the apple solidifies to an ideal thickness. After obtaining the right thickness, the mold is taken out of the ceramic while the internal part is still in liquid form.

From clay to ceramics

Once the three parts that make up Eve are formed, the hole which one uses to remove the coins is created on the bottom of the lower half.  Eve is then assembled by hand to create the second hole close to the petiole, which transforms our apple into a Moneybox. At this point, the newborn apple is cleansed, sponged and trimmed along the joining lines between the three parts. The manuality used in the production process by the ceramic masters from the little town of Nove make each Eve slightly  different from the other in shape, weight and size thanks to the natural variables in play, such as temperature and humidity in the environment.

Decoration and enamel glaze

The pure white clay is mixed with calcium carbonate, magnesium and quartz to obtain the desired mineral composition and mixture: the correct combination of these materials makes clay easier to work in the presence of water .The temperature of the firing depends on the balance of these elements and is kept around 1000 ° until uniformity is created and no cracks can be seen. It is then  necessary to wait until the clay is completely dried before firing it. After the first firing the piece is referred to as "biscuit" and it is at this point that Eva is delivered in the hands of artists (in the Art series) and ceramic masters (for the Monocolor, Luxury and décor). Only after the decorative phase, the apple will be enamelled by immersion and fired again to permanently fix the decorations and enamel glaze.