Elio Cristiani Arte Ceramica
ManualMente LAB, Via Omboni, 7Elio Cristiani LAB, Via Gallarate, 122
Tel. +39 348 9975321
I discovered Raku in 2008, in the workshop of Tuscan artist Mara Funghi, where I had the opportunity to approach this craft during my holidays. Afterwards, this passion became more and more important and I seriously embraced the idea of making a profession out of it.
Before taking this very important step, I served as marketing director in a food company, where I put to good use my MBA from the Bocconi University in Milan.
I gradually realised that ceramics was my true calling, and thanks to the support of my wife - who has always been my number one fan – I decided to make a radical change both in my professional and personal life. At the moment I manage two workshops in Milan, where I produce my objects and where I hold courses in Raku, Paper Clay, wheel-turned pottery and Kintsugi.
A dear friend who is very competent and enthusiastic about traditional shaving techniques introduced me into this universe. I immediately found a great analogy with my way of interpreting the world of ceramics: attention to detail and a slower working pace, to indulge in your own passions. This is how the project of my Raku shaving brushes was born. These unique and original objects are dedicated to an exclusive clientele. Each piece is made entirely by hand, numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
My clients belong to two categories. On the one hand, collectors of shaving brushes, who wish to enrich their collection with a unique, handcrafted object. On the other hand, people pick my objects as gifts to their loved ones: in making this choice, they also communicate something about themselves.
I believe so. Ceramics is the ideal means to express one's creativity. On top of that, thanks to a more modern approach it shares many points of contact with other fields, especially design and architecture.
Laura Inghirami, journalist and advisor specialized in the jewelry sector, and Founder of Donna Jewel, interviewed, for the Cologni Foundation, the Master artisans who have been awarded as “MAM – Master of Arts and Crafts”, in the category: Jewelry - Silversmithing – Goldsmithing.