TARZAN-CERAMIC OBJECT OF ART BY ETTORE SOTTSASS. The Italian designer began working in ceramics in 1956. At first not that successful with his designs for ceramics, Sottsass' unique designs began to take off after a stimulating visit to India in the early 1960s. The first ceramics after this period were called Ceramics of Darkness. During this period, Sottsass developed the idea of objects as diagrams, which led to his strikingly minimalist and geometric ceramics.