DAVIDE SERVADEI

in collaboration with Confartigianato

The ceramic arts workshop

The business is located in Faenza, one of Italy's top ceramics locations, thanks to the abundant natural resources here and thanks also the traditions spanning centuries of manufacture of objects that may be masterpieces or quite simply produced for everyday use. Since 1928 the Ceramica Gatti business, renowned worldwide, has produced majolica works of excellence.

The premises are known as a "bottega", or boutique, or studio, in the noble sense of "bottega alto rinascimentale" (early renaissance "bottega") . Everything takes place on the premises. We're here for one reason and one reason alone! The quality of the end product!

Davide and his sisters, Marta and Laura, have followed in the footsteps of their great-uncle, Riccardo Gatti, the maestro of the art of ceramics who founded the business. Gatti respected the ancient traditions while also constantly seeking out innovations, both in the techniques adopted and the products manufactured.

Artisanship is art

No sooner had the Ceramica Gatti "bottega" started up than the word reached the ears of various artists both in Italy and abroad. In 1929, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder of the Futurist Movement, chose Riccardo Gatti as his master craftsman. Table services, flower vases and everyday homeware thus became objets d'art sought out by museums and galleries worldwide.

The Futurist Movement's ceramic works came from our establishment. Through us, the Futurist Movement managed to realise its aim of entering the homes of people at large.

Yesterday, it was Balla, Burri, Matta, Carla Accardi and Aldo Mondino. Today, it's Paladino, Echaurren, Giosetta Fioroni and Luigi Ontani. Just a few of the truly geat names who have entrusted their majolica work to our highly skilled artisans.

It's a job that provides me with immense satisfaction, day in day out. It's a magnificent craft. Thet's why I want to see everyone doing it!

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THE COURSE:
CERAMIC ART

In 6 lessons, Davide Servadei shows us how to turn earth into artistic earthenware of the first order.

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the programme

  • 12_01_2015 12_01_2015
  • 19_01_2015 19_01_2015
  • 26_01_2015 26_01_2015
  • 02_02_2015 02_02_2015
  • 09_02_2015 09_02_2015
  • 16_02_2015 16_02_2015

Lesson n° 1

Studying the object you wish to create. Choosing the right clay to make the ceramic Corona (crown).

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Lesson n° 2

The wheel, and the top-class manual skills you need to create unique forms. How to create the base, and the details of the Corona. Getting kiln firing just right!

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Lesson n° 3

From terracotta to majolica. How to glaze and finish objects after kiln firing.

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Lesson n° 4

Manual decoration. Creating the perfect colours and the techniques that bring out each and every nuance.

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Lesson n° 5

How to fix the colours and add gloss to the Corona. Applying iridescence and detailed gilding work. Final kiln firing and the finished Corona.

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Lesson n° 6

The reflection technique. The secrets of the Ceramica Gatti 1928 firm and its extraordinarily unique products.

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