Via Nerino, 820123 Milano
Tel. 02 72021006Mobile +39 333 7041292 - +39 333 7933071
Photos by Dario Garofalo
The workshop opened at the beginning of the 1990s. Initially, we wanted to produce our own dinner sets, because we could not find anything that we liked on the market. Our goal was to create ceramic plates that would be suitable for everyday use as well as being non-toxic and dishwasher safe. We had to make many attempts, experimenting and throwing away a lot of ceramics, before we managed to obtain the right product. We soon began to receive our first orders and from a hobby it gradually became a full-time job.... and we never found the time to make plates for ourselves!
No school training is necessary, at least not for the decoration of the plates, which is our main activity. But it does take an incredible amount of time and dedication to acquire the skill that is necessary to paint sophisticated decorations on a rough and permeable surface. One has to be demanding, patient and creative.
The problem is that most young people expect to be successful immediately; in this trade, what really counts is experience, which takes time to build it.
In a globalised world, consumers are becoming increasingly sensitive to personalised, unique and non-replicable products. Perhaps more than in the past.
We have a private clientele as well as shops that work in a close relationship with their customers. We deal with both local and international clients.
Probably the economic crisis has helped the young understand that there are many self-employed work opportunities in the crafts, which are only waiting to be discovered and promoted. The problem is that most young people expect to be successful immediately; in this trade, what really counts is experience, which takes time to build it.
We will carry on our activities as usual, and visitors to our workshop will have the opportunity see how we make our handmade dinnerware.
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.