The ceramic design since Giò Ponti’s expertise
to the contemporary one
From the lathe to the adoption of the most advanced technologies, using patterns, shapes and lead-free glazes. Here is a short focus
Ceramics and design: a pivotal symbiosis in the history of the “Made in Italy”, that combines art and industry.
There are believed to be Gio Ponti one of the leaders in that field; both architect, designer and essayist, he was born in Milan just few days ago, in 1891. He was an extraordinary designer of Richard Ginori’s pottery and porcelain, a factory located at Sesto Fiorentino in Italy, becoming its artistic director from 1923 to 1933. He was able to mix classicist language to the contemporary one, using both Deco and Futurist decorations, and expose those creations in international exhibitions in Geneva, Athens, The Hague, Brussels, London and New York.
The mix of industrial processing and the finest artisan technique has allowed to reach out our contemporary taste, such as the current works made by Ceramica Artistica Solimene at Vietri sul Mare, in Italy. Tableware, objects, tables, as well as home furnishings, are produced there aiming to a continuous search for shapes and materials. Colorful decorations, either phytomorphic or zoomorphic, on extruded shapes are the results of a sophisticated handwork based on matter removal.
by Fabrizio Aimar