Albisola _ the pottery's town in Italy


Artist Residences, September 2019 di futurismo 

The factory Giuseppe Mazzotti 1903 of Tullio Mazzotti collaborates with artists and welcomes them in his own laboratories for art residencies and laboratories.

Rolando Giovannini, Hugo Schaer, Sergio Dangelo and Alberto Podestà are the artists who worked in September at the Giuseppe Mazzotti factory in Albisola.

Rolando Giovannini was born in Imola in 1949.
In 1970 he graduated in Geological Sciences at the University of Bologna; in the last decade of the twentieth century he was director of the State Institute of Ceramics of Faenza.
Between 1979 and 1980 he collaborated with Bruno Munari on "Giocare con l'Arte" at the Ceramics Museum of Faenza, in 1986 with the "Sottsass" studio.
In 1985 he won the First Prize for design applied to ceramics in Santo Stefano di Camastra and in 1986 he was first in the Competition of Valencia, in Spain.
In 1992 he collaborated with Alessandro Guerriero
He is a member of the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, USA, 2013) and of MI.MA (Milan Makers, 2013).
Master of contemporary ceramics is the creator of the New Movement of Neo Ceramics, led by Maestro Claudio Calzavacca, presented in 2007 at the International Industrial Design Museum - Collection of Terraglia, Palazzo Peraḅ - Cerro di Laveno-Mombello.
Care of the exhibition on the theme of the "Nativity" December 2007 at the MIDC, International Industrial Design Museum - Collection of Earthenware, Palazzo Peraḅ - Cerro di Laveno-Mombello.

Hugo Schaer was born in 1952 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Schooling at the Teachers’ College Hitzkirch, classes at the School of Design in Lucerne, studies at the Académie Grand Chaumière in Paris.
From 1980 on: exhibitions, productions and art projects in Switzerland and abroad.
1991 Construction of the studio house “Herber” in Giswil (CH).
1995 marriage to Iryna Tkachenko, since then studio in Kyiv (UA).
Besides painting, objects, art in public spaces and interdisciplinary art projects, since 1997 video work.
1996 – 2000 member of the Governing Board of GSMBA, Society of Swiss of Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.
2000 – 2005 as Art Director for Steiner Sarnen Schweiz, Hugo Schaer plans brandlands, museums and exhibitions.
2005 Hugo and Iryna leave Switzerland and settle in Odessa. Founded the company SCHAERODESSA.
2005 – 2010, the overall concept and realization of the wine tourism centre, “WINE CULTURE CENTRE SHABO”, which has been awarded many prizes.
2012 Construction of the studio house “Casa dell`Arte” in Vasia, Liguria (IT).
2012/2013 Concept for the Russian winery “Abrau Durso” (RU) and the National Maritime Museum Odessa , Ukraine.
Since 2014, wooden sculptures and ceramics in cooperation with the “Fabbrica Ceramiche Giuseppe Mazzotti 1903″ in Albisola.
2015 Concept for the Château Mukhrani Winery, Georgia.
2016 Conception of the Wine Museum in Telavi, Kakheti, Georgia.

Sergio Dangelo was born in Milan in 1932.
He studied in Milan and abroad (Switzerland and France in particular) moving from a very young age across Europe and moving to Brussels, where he lived for a few years, coming into contact with representatives of the avant-gardes of the period and in particular with the surrealistic environments and with the Cobra group.
In the early 50s, together with Enrico Baj, he founded the Nuclear Art Movement, a movement to which many artists will join, including Joe Colombo, Gianni Dova, Piero Manzoni, Franco Palumbo and others (the start date of the movement coincides with the exhibition of the works of Dangelo and Enrico Baj held at the San Fedele gallery in Milan in 1951 entitled "nuclear painting".
In 1954 he organized the CERAMIC INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS for the Manifattura Mazzotti with Enrico Baj, Asger Jorn, Corneille, Sebastian Matta, Lucio Fontana and Emilio Scanavino.
In 1957 he signed the Manifesto "against the style" together with Enrico Baj, Yves Klein, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Gị Pomodoro, Pierre Restany, Piero Manzoni, Paolo Pasotto, Arman and others, in which the overcoming of nuclear art was affirmed.
Subsequently, starting in the 1960s, he developed an interest in Oriental culture that finds expression in representations of ideograms and spellings in paintings consisting of subtle and refined textures influenced by Tobey's white calligraphy. Among his works to be pointed out also the "hand-mades", which appear as assemblages of objects fixed to bottom or free planes in space, made in contrast with Duchamp's "ready-mades" because the emphasis is on manipulation of the object rather than on the exhibit itself.
He has set up more than 400 personal exhibitions and has participated in about 1,500 group exhibitions worldwide. His bibliography has almost 150 monographic publications.

Alberto Podestà, an architect specializing in "industrial design", was born in Genoa on 3 September 1960.
After completing his studies he collaborated with various professional firms.
From 1985 he founded the studio ALBERTO PODESTA 'Architecture & Design. Since then he has worked with important companies especially in the furniture sector.
He designed for SECCOSE, Lamperti, BK ITALIA, Oggioni Ogniflex, Citterio Meda, Morfeus, Ceramics ILSA, Berendsohn Hamburg ... Selected by MODO magazine among the best emerging designers, he won the "ODEON KEY PROJECT REPLY" competition Arc Linea. Awarded to YOUNG & DESIGN in 1994, Finalist in the "Lo Spazio del Progetto" 1998 Milano Brera competition organized by POLIFORM - MOROSO - VARENNA.
He designed the lamps for the Politeama MASSIMO of Palermo. In 2000 he created a maxi sculpture on display at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa for the exhibition on interventions to the city in preparation for the G8.
In 2012 he created sessions, specifically for the biennial on Pinocchio - Magazzini del Cotone - Museo Luzzati, Genova.


Mazzotti is a craftsman who produces his products completely by hand in Albisola.

The Manifattura Ceramica GIUSEPPE MAZZOTTI was founded in 1903 by Giuseppe Bausin Mazzotti who was succeeded by his sons Torido, Tullio and Vittoria.

In 1959 the Mazzotti brothers close the paternal company.

Torido, the firts son, starts a new company (with agreement of brothers) maintain the ownweship of name original Giuseppe Mazzotti and the industrial use of the casts and models of the factory of the his father Giuseppe Bausin Mazzotti

His wife Rosa and son Giuseppe Bepi work at the factory; with time Bepi gradually takes on the role of commercial director.

In 1988 Torido died and the following year his son Giuseppe Bepi Mazzotti became the sole owner of Giuseppe Mazzotti in 1903 continuing the production of Torido. 
In 2005 he left the company to his son Tullio who continued the ceramic work of the glorious Giuseppe Mazzotti in Albisola.

Initially the company was in the ancient village of Albisola named Pozzo Garitta, then it opened a branch in Albisola Superiore and in 1934 it gathered its headquarters at the mouth of the Sansobbia Torrent in Albisola Mare, where the current Giuseppe Mazzotti still maintains its activities. Manufacturing factory have marked the ceramics of the twentieth century, both with their own artisan productions, now much sought after by the market for ancient trade, and for the relationships they have developed with the art world. Albisola is a charming village in Liguria, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Laboratory is just a few steps from the beach. From the beginning of the atelier he has woven his experiences with the artistic movement of the twentieth century and has continued to become a reference point for the production of ceramics.

In the thirties Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and the futurist artists such as: Fillia, Fortunato Depero, Nicolaj Diulgheroff, Nino Strada, Bruno Munari, Alf Gaudenzi, Mario Anselmo, together with the Mazzotti family, made ceramics that were the expression of Futuristic Movement. These were the works of art that are still made today by Tullio Mazzotti, fourth generation of the Mazzotti ceramic family, using the same design, the same material and the same manual processing procedures.

In the fifties and sixties years other artists work under Mazzotti ; Lucio Fontana, Asger Jorn, Aligi Sassu, Enrico Baj, Sergio Dangelo, Corneille, Sebastian Matta thus make the relationship between ceramics and art inseparable.

Today the Giuseppe Mazzotti pottery is a cultural reference point both in Italy and worldwide for the production of limited edition designs and hand-crafted ceramics made for clients on a commission orders.



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