Born in Naples in 1950, Mautone’s distinctive style is deeply influenced by the tradition of Vietri ceramics, especially in his choices of colors and lights.
His ceramics are dynamic, full of life, fantastic figures and idyllic spaces.
By Tiziana Manzetti
Until Feb. 27th, 2017
Fausto Melotti (Rovereto 1901 – Milano 1986) is one of the most renowned Italian ceramic artists of the 20th century. The Montrasio Gallery in Milan celebrates his work with an exhibition, showcasing 30 sculptures, bas-reliefs and ceramic pieces, some unknown to the public.
The exhibition title “Trappolando”, refers to the artist’s half-serious relationship with the medium, for him a continuous challenge that he was always happy to accept.
Melotti’s work is magic and full of poetic resonances, vital, varied and colourful. He collaborated with the most relevant designers of his time, Richard Ginori and Giò Ponti, never ceasing to experiment and wonder.
By Tiziana Manzetti
Ceramic tiles have been used for centuries in the Mediterranean countries because they provided a durable floor surface and added color to both public and domestic settings.
Sometimes the tile floor bore the arms of the family who owned the residence or, having funded it, wanted to impress the future generations with their generosity.
Today, we draw inspiration from the elaborate designs of the past to create our own tile floors, using the same techniques that have made the history of these beautiful works of art.
The irreverent ceramic artists Bertozzi & Casoni, who are contributing to the success of contemporary Italian ceramic art around the world, will be showcasing their new work in Massa Carrara. The exhibition will be hosted in the Palazzo Ducale in Massa until November 6, 2016.
Nothing is as it seems is the common theme of their new ceramic sculptures: everyday discarded objects, such as laundry detergent boxes, mattresses, canisters are combined with elements from nature in a dark juxtaposition of opposites.
By Tiziana Manzetti
It does not matter that you like its style, really. What you cannot help is admiring their stunning craftsmanship and wishing to touch it.
Yes, ND Dolfi’s pottery never goes unnoticed. It is a feast for the senses and a superb example of what traditional techniques, experience, passion and eyes wide open on the world can do.
The Dolfi family has been making pottery since 1941. Silvano Dolfi, father of Natalia and Daria, founded his own company in 1994. He did not take long to build a fine International reputation for himself as an artist and for his company.
His daughters have inherited his talents. Together, now that he is no longer with us, they design and hand craft large vases, bowls, tiles, lamps and gorgeous home décor accents. A collection that year after year gets richer and richer of vibrant glazes, bold color combinations and new textures.
New from Francesca Niccacci pottery studio: cool, contemporary design with a traditional twist.
We love ceramic horses and some of our artists have drawn inspiration from these noble animals.
These are our favs!
A few pictures from my last visit to the British Museum, where a significant collection of Italian ceramics is hosted.
The display is quite unattractive and, in my opinion, not very well organized, but the quality of the pieces is really good and definitely worth a visit.
I took some pictures with my phone – not a good quality, but enough to whet your appetite.
Two plates or bowls made in Deruta by Nicola di Pietro Francioli in 1515-1530
We are working to add to our collection a few Sicilian dinnerware sets. They are very cheerful and heart warming and really different from anything we’ve been featuring so far. A few designs are already online, others will be added in the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted!
We are having an endless Summer this year in Italy, which means sunbathing, swimming in the warm Mediterranean and, of course, having our meals outdoor. That reminds me that we have not yet introduced the products that we have recently listed on thatsArte.com … especially the new tableware accessories made in Deruta by Eugenio Ricciarelli. Shame on us!