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Although the choice of beautiful pottery in Grottaglie is really wide, Francesco Fasano’s ceramics are really like no others.
Francesco’s designs are a harmonious blend of Western and Eastern cultures and his technical execution is so accurate and meticulous that his work cannot be mistaken for anybody else's.
This artist belongs to a dynasty of potters who established in Grottaglie in the 17th century. He grew up in his father’s Cosimo ceramic studio, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. After his degree he decided to stay in Florence to work in the local ceramic companies. When he felt he had learned enough, he decided it was time to go back to Grottaglie and give shape to his ideas. Literally.
Inspired by the sgraffito ceramic technique Sgraffito means “to scratch”, over time he has revisited it and enhanced its decorative impact with the addition of precious transparent glazes in rich colors.
Each piece is scratched by hand with a tiny pointed tool, then it’s kiln fired. The glazes are applied in two or three steps, with two or more passages in the kiln. In fact most of Francesco Fasano’s pottery, including his dinnerware, are fired three times and thus are particularly durable.
A real treat to all the senses, Francesco Fasano Italian ceramics are equally at ease with classical and contemporary home styles. By Tiziana Manzetti
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If you happen to visit the District of Ceramics in Grottaglie, you’ll easily discover that the family name Fasano is very popular among the potters. Although most of their families are actually related, their pottery is definitely not.
We visited the city after a thorough research on Grottaglie pottery that gave us a fair idea of what and who we had to look for. The reputation of some artists, though, relied only on word of mouth and we were curious to go and see by ourselves. That’s how we met Francesco Fasano.
We entered Francesco’s studio without expectations and we were welcomed by a kind man who was bent on a large plate. The studio was … well, a working environment: a lot of tools, raw pieces, clay dust everywhere, a wheel. We were a bit puzzled, until Francesco bashfully asked us if we would have liked to see his work.
He led the way through a tiny door onto a large room and I clearly remember that moment: we gaped in wonder. The room was full of light coming from sconces, table lamps and other amazing lighting solutions, entirely handmade, that designed fascinating shapes on the walls. Antique pieces of furniture hosted dinner plates, centerpieces, vases, pumi which were simple yet absolutely unique.
He guided us through his work, explaining that at the beginning of his career he was very attracted by the sgraffito ceramics which were produced in Grottaglie a few centuries before. Working on the sgraffito technique, he had developed a proprietary technique that has slowly become his unique artistic language.
His pottery is full of echoes: you can see traditional Grottaglie motifs blended with Eastern and Mediterranean colors and patterns. His forms are never redundant, he keeps them simple so as to make the designs and they magic, transparent colors stand out even more.
Sgraffito - in Italian "scratched" - is a decorating pottery technique. A layer of colored liquid clay, called engobe, is applied on a leather hard pottery piece. When dry the potter decorates the piece, scratching the superficial layer to form a design and revealing the clay color underneath.
At this point the piece can be kiln fired for the first time and, if necessary, colored glazes can be applied before a second firing.
The sgraffito technique was first used in Egypt and the Middle East in the 7th century to have pottery look like precious metals. Around the 10th century it crossed the Mediterranean and … here we are.