Nuove Forme • MADRAS
Diam.16 x H.31cm
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The Bagni archive has provided this stunning design that has been re-interpreted with a new chromatic palette.
This small vase hides a very complex production technique starting with the hand-made vertical embossing, obtained with the use of a comb-like tool then completed by the pattern and the choice of mixing these two elements in order to create something unique, resembling the texture of a fabric.
The design is made with a hot wax resist (an ancient technique that enables a major precision in the drawing if compared to standard wax resist) and then it is filled piece by piece with colored shiny transparent glazes according to a pre-defined sequence. After firing a black patina is given overall to underline the beauty of the pattern.
The history of Nuoveforme is intrinsically linked to the history of its founder, Alvino Bagni.
Born in a small village near Florence, he showed great aptitude for ceramics from an early age. He began his training first with the artist Torello Santini and then in the workshop of Arnaldo Pugi, who helped him finance his first workshop.
Ceramiche Bagni heavily relied on the work of family members. But over time, thanks to Bagni's artistic soul, which led him to take important orders throughout the 1950s and 60s, the growth of the company led him to change premises and surround himself with highly specialized artists, finding a perfect balance between materials, technique, functionality, aesthetics and experimentation, but never ceasing to actively participate in the creation of objects.
After a three-year interregnum, Alvino Bagni returns to work in 1993, opening his old premises as Nuoveforme, continuing to create new pieces until his retirement in 2001. Today, by the hand of Gianfranco Ghiretti and Alvino Bagni's granddaughter, Maria Chiara Ghiretti, Nuoveforme, as well as continuing to innovate, frequently consults its private archive of Bagni's designs for inspiration, producing entirely handmade ceramics for for major design companies and luxury brands across the world.