Tado: The Little Shop of Ceramics
“All those who build a house around a tree or a rock and who make this tree or rock a beautiful and useful addition”.
Tado owner Sylvie Fiachetti about her inspiration.
Tado is Sylvie Fiachetti’s shop in the Las Letras neighbourhood of Madrid. She has been attracted to well-made objects since childhood. With no formal training in art or design, she listened to and learned from all the antiquarians and auctioneers whose amusement park stalls she visited “thousands of times” as a child. Five years ago, she opened a small shop to sell ceramics and handicrafts. Although it took some effort, she did it for her pleasure.
What or who has inspired your work?
All those who build a house around a tree or a rock and who make this tree or rock a beautiful and useful addition.
What is your most iconic, or popular piece?
Without a doubt, it is the botijo*. But I do not want to sell icons, nor popularize one piece. This is the role of the designer or for large-scale production. I am trying for something more pretentious for our times, something more humble.
*Traditional Spanish porous clay container designed to contain water.
Is there a Spanish tradition or reference in the work that you sell?
There is a long ceramics tradition in Spain. We have so much beauty around us. It is a pleasure to meet the artisans and to try to understand their work. Although they work in a traditional craft, this tradition is very much alive. All the artisans whose pieces I sell are people I knew before selling their work.
Are there any recent events, or developments that you are excited about?
There are more and more and everyone is welcome! Large brands, government projects, town fairs…
What are your plans for your business?
Stay alive. In every sense.
What is your motive, mission, or philosophy?
Curiosity and pleasure.
How can one purchase the pieces?
By connecting with me through email, social media, or in person at the shop in Madrid.
My dream project would be…
Spanish people always have a ready-made answer to such a difficult question. The character of Segismundo in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s play, La vida es sueñstates (Life Is a Dream), states “que toda la vida es sueño, y los sueños, sueños son“. (“All life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams”.).
How have you and your business fared during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Any small shop owner will tell you that it is a miracle to survive in our times. We celebrate being healthy.
What are your favourite destinations in Madrid or anywhere in Spain?
I hope that people put aside lists and discover for themselves what is convenient for them, by mistake, by chance, or out of curiosity,
Photography courtesy of Tado Madrid