By Corte dei Gonzaga
Descriptions & details
Irma, the founder of Corte dei Gonzaga, is passionate about the heritage and traditions of her native city, Mantova. In particular, she has thoroughly researched the production method and designs of antique ceramics and devoted her talents to giving them a new life.
La Corte dei Gonzaga's pieces are entirely handmade. Minor variations from the above picture are a sign and proof of human touch, making each and every piece unique.
Handmade & hand-painted in Mantova, Italy
Irma is a talented artisan from Mantova (Mantua in English), a charming town in the north of Italy, who has taken upon herself the ambitious task to revive the ancient glory of the local ceramic tradition.
As a first step, she named her studio after the Gonzaga dynasty, rulers of Mantova and patrons of the arts from 1328 to 1707. Then she adopted the technique used in the region when Mantova ceramics reached the peak of their popularity. The method, known as sgraffito, consists in scratching the design on the first layer of glaze (engobe). After the first firing, she paints the pottery and proceeds to a second firing. Finally, she molds and decorates her pottery drawing inspiration from traditional shapes and designs.
Mantova owes its good name in the history of Italian ceramics to the quality and beauty of its sgraffito ceramics, handcrafted locally from the 15th to the 17th century.
Thanks to the increasing trade with the Middle East, the sgraffito technique had become known in Italy in the 10th century. Still, the artisans in Mantova took it to new heights with the patronage of the Gonzaga during the Renaissance. They made significant contributions to Italian culture, and under their rule, Mantova became a center of humanism and art.