History of Ceramiche Giotto

-standing- Giannoni Giotto  -seated- Sabatini Osvaldo, Mincinesi Sandro, Ficai IvoThe laboratory of ceramics art "GIOTTO" located in Monte San Savino, at Le Fonti, in the same place where it was founded by Giotto Giannoni , Savines in 1919. At that Giotto had just twenty-four old, but had a long history, being a lover of art, self-taught painter and lover of beauty. It 'just after the First World War, in which he had fought bravely earning a silver medal, which he opened his shop: wood-burning oven, producing a time only to items of high quality, some fellow workers of great skill or ability specifications (Cavallotti Luconi, Donatello Ceppodomo).

Equipped with solid technical experience and the delicate hand Particular of Tuscany Landscape Giotto Styleto scratch and paint, Giotto joined a tenacious love for the modules of the past, a strong and inventive genius and so, in turn a few years, developing a range of issues set in the first period of its activity and in part derived from the finest local tradition, Giotto created some ceramic reasons including the "Group Rose" or "decoration San Savino", the reasons "Little Bird", "Blue Flower", "Tuscan Landscape ", the "Geometric-Floral Giotto", the "Persian Floral Graffito", and so forth.

particolare-pesci-300Was born, unmistakable, the "Giotto style" whose characteristics remain important milestones in the art of ceramics. In short time, the ceramics of Giotto Giannoni won the most coveted national and international awards (including Gold Medal at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in 1929, Silver Medal Crafts Exhibition in Rome in 1946 and 1949 to the Arezzo Fair by the International Association Columbus and again in 1954 in Bolzano). The shop of Monte San Savino became a landmark in the Tuscan pottery production, and a goal must of the great italian and foreign collectors, among them Winston Churchill, Eisenower, the House of Savoy which was carried out a series of dishes with portraits of the family, the Guicciardini's Contess and Charles of Anjou. With tireless passion and with ever increasing success, Giotto continued its activity almost to the end of his life.

Anna Varignani e Araldo Giannoni in '60 at workHe died in 1963, just sixty-eight old. But he made time to pass on, intact, his artistic legacy to his son Araldo, occurring both as a modeler and turner-clay that as a painter. Animated by the same creative passion, Araldo Giannoni enlarged the home-workshop of "Le Fonti", and with the valuable collaboration of his wife Anna Varignani, also a ceramist, who experimented new techniques work (was his introduction into the workshop of the decoration on enamel, painted using colors with nuances that made his creations full of brightness) is continuing the work his father, perpetuating the historical Savines types and the "Giotto-style", and extending the production is with the recovery of ancient forgotten Tuscan models, and with the implementation of new ideas, original, through a constant search for new technical solutions, perhaps not an ephemeral contribution to the development of ceramic art in Italy.

Ceramiche Giotto sedeThat is why Araldo and Anna in the late'70 make their home-shop, a landmark and meeting place for intellectuals and artists since 1978 to create a "We find by Giotto," an annual gathering of artists from Tuscany , involving among other ceramists Fantoni, Gambone, Brandimarte. During those same years, the Giotto shop restructuring is characterized by production of formal high quality, even if necessarily contained within the limits imposed by the artisan, executed entirely by hand, piece by piece, the turning of the individual items to their painted decoration, all inevitably "unique". To confirm these results with the work and the will of two generations on 2 June 2000 is attributed to Giotto's workshop and as a holder to Araldo Giannoni, the honor of Commander of the "Merits of the Italy Republic". Unfortunately, the early death of Anna (July 2002), resulted in a severe loss for the savines art pottery that has been deprived of the ability of a skilled manual decorator.

Araldo, Arianna e Alessio Giannoni in the LaboratorySince 2003, the pottery tradition of the family has continued beyond that Araldo Giannoni also their children Arianna and Alessio, that incorporate tested styles that characterized the Giotto workshop and introduce the most current styles, that meet the tastes of most modern costumers. As always items are inevitably "unique pieces", each with a story in itself, entirely handmade.