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Clay Sardines and the Conquest of the Universe

Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro (1846 – 1905) was a cartoonist, a journalist, a ceramist, an interior decorator that deeply left his mark on the portuguese culture.

Still today, his ceramics creation, mainly inspired in natural motives, are higly apreciated and found in many homes and object of reinvention by many artists.

One exampe is The Sardine collection by Bordallo Pinheiro results from a collaboration between the Earthenware Factory of Caldas da Rainha, founded in 1884 by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, EGEAC (Lisbon’s Cultural and Animation municipal entity). And Lisbon’s City Council.

The original Bordallo Pinheiro’s Sardine, designed in the XIX century, due to its classic three-dimensional nature, became the ideal support for receiving the creative work that EGEAC develops since 2003, within Lisbon’s Festivities, which transformed the sardine, iconic fish of Portuguese culture and gastronomy, an international icon of the city and of Summer celebrations of the Portuguese capital.

One of the latest designs is from the Little Black Spot and featues a concept heavily inspired in science fiction motives. The design was chosen by Fernando Alvim, a TV/radio host and it is called Alvim and the Conquest of the Universe

This is a futurist sardine that will not consume the bread, as is the tradition, but rather the future. It is a sardine that flies through the universe, a sardine that likes this planet, but dreams of discovering other worlds and their peoples. There is life beyond our own! It is a sardine that flies, and thus escapes the grill.

Fernando Alvim

And if this sardine inspire you, why not create a design of your own? Here

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By Carlos Silva 

Born in 1989, Carlos Silva is a portuguese writer whose main interests are science fiction and weird fiction. He is also editor at Imaginauta (Indie press – http://www.imaginauta.net) and organizes several events as the Festival Contacto.

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