Andrea Salvatori (Faenza, Italy, 1975) is a visual artist working in ceramics to realise ironic and witty sculptures, sometimes involving a diverse selection of found objects, such as Murano glass vases, Meissen porcelain miniatures or Ginori period ceramics sourced in flea markets around Europe. Salvatori’s works often begin with these items and add an element created by the artist, generating an unexpected semantic shift. The result is unique, encompassing pop culture and kitsch aesthetics: a witty and effective way to turn reality upside-down and at the same time a powerful combination of exquisite craftsmanship and genuine irony.
Andrea Salvatori was born on 3 of March 1975 in Faenza (Ra) - Italy; he has graduated at the Istituto d’arte for the ceramic in Faenza in 1995, and in sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna in 2000.Since 1997 he has attended several individual and collective exhibitions; in 2007 he classified second at the International Contest of Contemporary Art Ceramics, 55th Premio Faenza, MIC Faenza. In 2009 he classified first at the International Contest Of Contemporary Art Ceramics, 56th Premio Faenza, MIC Faenza.In 2011 he classified second at the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award International, Shepparton Art Museum in Sidney. Solo exhibitions Finzioni/Funzioni curated by Irene Biolchini Galleria Comunale d’arte “La Molinella” Faenza, Ravenna, 2016 Gli specchi dovrebbero pensare più a lungo prima di riflettere curated by Sabrina Samorì and Silvia Battistini, Museo Civico d' Arte Industriale e Galleria Davia Bargellini, Bologna, 2016 Metaceramico curated by Chiara Fuschini, Galleria Ninapi, Ravenna, 2015 Allievo e Maestri curated by ThePoolNYC Gallery, Palazzo Sassoli de’Bianchi, Bologna, 2015 Uncanny Fairy Tales curated by Elena Magini, F-AIR Florence Artist in Residence, Firenze, 2013 Magnitudo curated by Alberto Zanchetta, Museo di Lissone, Lissone, Milano, 2013 Naiv/Vain curated by Chiara Cardinali, Museo di S. Domenico / Il Pomo Da Damo, Imola, Bologna, 2012 Five Solo Exhibitions curated by Alberto Zanchetta, ThePoolNYC Gallery, Corte Malipiero, Venezia, 2009 Collezione di Ceramiche curated by Alberto Zanchetta, Galleria Estro Padova, 2003 SelectedGroup exhibitions Artieri Fantastici curated by Enzo Biffi Gentili, Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco, Cuneo, 2016 Terra! 56° Mostra della Ceramica di Castellamonte curated by Olga Gambari, Palazzo Botton, Castellamonte, Torino, 2016 Palazzo con vista curated by ThePoolNYC Gallery, Palazzo Cesari Marchesi, Venezia, 2015 Thesaurus ( Expò in Città ) curated by Fabio Carnaghi, Terme Romane, Como, 2015 XXIII° Biennale Internationale Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique curated by Céline Graziani, Vallauris, France, 2014The Hidden Show curated by ThePoolNYC Gallery, New York, 2014 Arte Ceramica oggi in Italia curate by Jean Blanchaert, e / and Viola Emaldi, Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano, 2013 XXXII Biennale Roncaglia Passato Prossimo curated by Elisabetta Modena, Marco Scotti, Ilaria Bignotti e / and Valentina Rossi,Rocca Estense, San Felice Sul Panaro, Modena, 2012 Tu Sei Un Nome Che Respira E Muove curated by Dacia Manto, Museo della Città, Rimini, 2012 54° Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Biennale di Venezia; Padiglione Italia; Regione Emilia Romagna curated by VittorioSgarbi, Chiostri di S. Pietro, Reggio Emilia 2011 ThePoolNYC Exhibition curated by ThePoolNYC Gallery, Mexico City, 2011 Caprice curated by Marco Tagliafierro e / and Davide Tomaiuolo, Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi, Milano 2011 ThePoolNYC Exhibition ThePoolNYC Gallery, New York, 2010 Festa Mobile curated by Davide Ferri e / and Antonio Grulli, Bologna, 2010 Il Castello Di Rivara apre le cantine curate by Francesca Solero, Castello di Rivara,Torino, 2009 Nuove Argille FRAC Baronissi, curate by Irene Biolchini, Galleria dei Frati and Antiche Cisterne, Salerno, 2008 Allarmi III Nuovo Contingente, curated by Cecilia Antolini, Ivan Quaroni, Alessandro Trabucco, Alberto Zanchetta, Caserma De Cristoforis, Como, 2007 Un Secolo e Oltre, Premio Fabbri II edizione curated by Marina Mojana, Fondazione Del Monte di Bologna and Ravenna, Bologna, 2007 European Ceramic Context 2006, Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Denmark, 2006 XII Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo, BJCEM curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Castel S. Elmo, Napoli, 2005 Quotidiana 04 curated by Virginia Baradel, Guido Bartorelli, Stefania Schiavon, Museo del Santo, Padova, 2004 In Ralenti curated by Alberto Zanchetta, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia, 2002 Exposiciones de la U.P.V. / E.H.U., Campus de Leioa, Bilbao, Spain, 1998 Interventi curated by Roberto Daolio e / and Mili Romano, Stazione F.F.S.S, Bologna, 1997
Giuseppe Ducrot (Rome, 1966) is a versatile artist on a tireless quest for always-new technical and formal solutions. He approached sculpture after beginning his career as a painter and since then he has been constantly experimenting unexplored routes enabling his sculptural works to achieve an unencumbered pregnancy of form and content within the plasticity of the moulded medium. Giuseppe Ducrot ceramic glazed terracotta works reflect his peculiar compositional freedom arising from a unique contamination of styles, mixing references to the past reinterpreted with contemporary awareness. The artist’s manual dexterity, his adherence to the baroque, his way of proceeding along the parallel trajectories of quotation and invention and his construction and dissolution of forms are entirely evident in these works. Ducrot brings technique back to the centerstage, standing as a custodian of an ancient craftsmanship wisdom that knows no temporal bounds: a precious heritage which encompasses antiquity and contemporaneity.
Violante Lodolo D'Oria
Violante Lodolo D’Oria (Genoa, Italy, 1971) is a London based Italian artist. She studied in Paris and New York, where she graduated in Fine Arts. Before returning to the ceramic medium in 2010, Violante has worked as a painter for a decade, developing a peculiarly refined sense of colour: her painting background is remarkable in her glazing technique and use of colour combination. Violante creates one-off sculptural ceramics inspired by the great Italian baroque architecture. The prominent features of these vessels are the concave-convex spatial effects, the rhythmic distribution of mass and space, the richness in surface decoration and colour alongside an overall impressive complexity of texture. Each piece is hand made using white smooth stoneware clay and fired in oxidation at 1260°C. Violante has developed an incredible glazing technique using a combination of three or more matte and shiny glazes which she masterfully drips and overlays achieving a stage where the colour impacts the texture and the texture exalts the colour itself.
Bottega Vignoli is a brand of artistic ceramics based in Faenza, one of the most representative ceramic production centers in Italy. Founded in 1976 by sisters Saura and Ivana, Bottega Vignoli stands out for its limited production, accurate details and skilful experimentation resulting in stunning unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. Their style is immediately recognizable and expressly follows the path of Mediterranean majolicas, with inspiration taken from Byzantine, Roman and Islamic themes reinterpreted in their own unique style. Bottega Vignoli production includes ornamental pieces, household objects, elements for urban design, limited series and customized lines. The baking with full-fire reduction technique which they use allows them to obtain shimmering colours and iridescent reflexes so that every piece has unique and inimitable features. The decorative themes are historical reinterpretations or completely original ones, but always on the path of research that makes this territory so distinct.
Antonietta Mazzotti (Faenza, Italy 1950) attended the Istituto d’Arte per la Ceramica in Faenza and opened her first workshop in her hometown taking part in group and solo exhibitions at international level. In 1976 she has transformed the neo-gothic greenhouse of Villa Emaldi in her workshop. Antonietta Mazzotti has worked for some of the most important international museums and has received several important recognitions worldwide. Her works have been featured in major Italian magazines of interior design and she has acquired international visibility being featured in major international press publications, such as The New York Times. She still lives and works at Villa Emaldi in Faenza where she continues her research on historical decor and models which she sophisticatedly and conceptually reinterprets in her contemporary ceramic collections.
Francesco Raimondi (Vietri sul Mare, Italy, 1959) trained as a potter in the leading pottery factories of his town, where he learned from the local master craftsmen many of the secrets of this time-honoured technique. In 1992 he was hired by Raffaele Pinto to work at his centuries-old pottery factory: it was there that he met and was awed by the talent of Giovanni Carrano, possibly the greatest decorator that Vietri has ever produced. After Carrano’s death, Raimondi became the master craftsman of reference in the decoration of pottery. In 1999 he opened his own workshop in order to gain the freedom to express the full depth of his creative flair and extraordinary technical expertise. Since then Francesco Raimondi has created his own style, rich in subtle references and featuring an infinity of variables, creating new pieces that have captured the attention of architects, designers and collectors all over Europe and beyond.
Pastore & Bovina
Elisabetta Bovina (Broni, 1961) and Carlo Pastore (Corbara, 1965) founded Studio Elica in 1995: since then they have been working together in the fields of design and applied arts. A fruitful contaminations between arts is the main signature style of Pastore and Bovina who have brought ceramic art to dialogue with apparently distant artistic practices like scenography, fashion as well as performing arts. Extremely prolific artists, they are committed to the creation of their own collections signed as Studio Elica and in the meantime they also work for other brands such as Visionnaire, FOS Ceramiche, Arcolaio and Floor Gres. In 2009 they have opened Crete pièce unique in Bologna, a very eclectic space which is at the same time a showroom for their own creations, a gallery where they personally curate a selection of pieces by other designer-makers and an experimental platform for performing arts shows.
Andrea Merendi (Faenza, Italy, 1961) is a renowned designer, stylist and paper artist who has revisited his floral knowledge with a strong poetic streak to create bespoke paper flowers. Andrea Merendi is indeed inspired by nature however he takes this inspiration to create completely innovative elements: his flowers are not just copies of natural flowers, they're brand new objects with their own life transcending a mere mimetic intention sharing with their natural counterparts the beauty and the crystalline perfection that only the transience of time can give.
Since 2002 Mauro Dell’Orco has worked in London for various international firms initiating and developing the design for different projects including high profile residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
In 2008 he started MdOA with projects in Italy and in the UK. In the same year he took part in competitions for the design of two cableway stations in Merano, achieving the second and third price.
His design for a new winery and two high luxury villas for Franz Haas in Montagna are due on site shortly and he completed Dapra’ House in Trentino.
Our design process aims to maintain a close synthesis between the context of the project and the client‘s requirements.
Vezzini & Chen
Vezzini & Chen’s work is defined by the artful marriage of hand carved ceramics and blown glass. The collections tread a fine line between functional and conceptual, with the design duo creating sculptural hand crafted lighting, glassware, interior accessories and installation pieces. The duo met and began working together while on the MA course at the Royal College of Art, forming their London studio after graduating. Cristina Vezzini specialises in hand crafted ceramics and Stan Chen is an accomplished glassblower. The creative partnership brings together their two disciplines, materials and styles within unified compositions; the two sides and forms artfully interact, creating a compelling visual dialogue.
Vezzini, originally from Italy and Chen, from Taiwan, were both drawn to study in London by the rich heritage, traditions and knowledge of their chosen crafts within Britain. Their work is led by the designers’ immense skill and attention to detail within their disciplines, the quality and craftsmanship being paramount. Every piece is hand crafted by the duo, each element being individually hand made, creating final compositions that are entirely unique each time.
In almost thirty years of activity FOS Ceramiche has treasured an unparalleled technological heritage, specializing in the processing of porcelain, a material whose peculiar construction gives objects matchless technical and aesthetic characteristics. The long and meticulous preparation of the models makes it possible to appreciate, once the product’s been completed, the beauty of the composition, the perfection of the forms and the detailed accuracy of unglazed porcelain, also known as biscuit. The decoration, both at full pattern and brush, is always applied by hand, as well as the further delicate addition of noble metals such as gold and platinum, making the finishing of each artefact extremely precious. Creative thinking, innovative challenge, constant research and quality control are behind the genesis and the realization of FOS Ceramiche artworks matching centuries-old techniques with a contemporary language.
Ceramica Gatti 1928
Riccardo Gatti got to know Italian futurists in 1928, only a few months after founding his workshop in Faenza. It was the beginning of an outstanding artistic adventure that continues to this day. At the time Riccardo Gatti became friends and formed crucial relationships with artists such as Gio Ponti and Giacomo Balla and he had the opportunity to make his work known in Italy and all around Europe, by taking part in the most important shows on ceramics. After Gatti passed away in 1972, his grandnephew Davide picked up his legacy at Bottega D’Arte Ceramica Gatti and has continued to nurture relationships and partnerships with an incredibly long list of painters and sculptors of international fame including Alberto Burri, Enrico Baj, Hsiao Chin, Giosetta Fioroni, Pablo Echaurren, Mimmo Paladino, Enzo Cucchi, Mike Kelley and Luigi Ontani.