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.