By Francesco Fasano
Descriptions & details
Leonardo da Vinci once said that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". This statement applies perfectly to Francesco Fasano's ceramics. Using only a tiny pointed tool, the artisan scratches the design on each piece before the clay is completely dry. After the first firing, he applies precious translucent glazes on the scratched areas to add depth and texture to the design. Two or more additional firings are required to deliver simple yet sophisticated ceramics, proudly representing the best qualities of Italian craftsmanship.
Dimensions (inches): 7x9.5h
Dimensions (cm): 17.5x24.5h
Handmade & hand-painted in Grottaglie, Italy
What is a Pumo?
Short name for "Pumo de' fiure", a pumo is a cherished symbol of good luck in Grottaglie and generally in the region of Puglia. It derives from Pomona, the Roman Goddess of abundance.
The pumo is usually round-ish, with a slightly pointed top, and it rests on acanthus leaves, symbols of immortality or, if you will, resurrection.
Give a pumo to someone you love as a gift when they are getting married, having a baby, starting a new career, or moving into a new home. A symbol of prosperity, fertility and abundance, it's the perfect gift for any occasion.
In Grottaglie, pumi are famously installed at the corners of every balcony. Richly decorated, their vibrant colors make a fine show against the little white houses.
Francesco Fasano is a master ceramicist. His designs are a fusion of Mediterranean traditions, well aware that the majolica was invented in the East and traveled to Italy, absorbing on its way decorative elements from different cultures. His technical execution is flawless as Francesco grew up in his father's studio and graduated in Fine Arts in Florence. Inspired by the sgraffito ceramic technique (Italian: scratched ceramics), Francesco has revisited it over time and enhanced its decorative impact with the addition of precious transparent glazes in rich colors.
Grottaglie is a lovely town in Salento, a fascinating area in the south of Puglia. Just imagine: little white buildings in a landscape of red-soiled farmland dotted with ancient white Masserie, olive trees, and, in the distance, the blue, clear water of the Mediterranean sea. The production of pottery, mainly functional, has been a staple of the local economy for more than a thousand years, thanks to the abundance of red clay in the area. The District of Ceramics in Grottaglie is one of Puglia's best-kept secrets, with its ceramic studios and shops lined along Saint George's ravine.