Lucia Volentieri

Ceramic, sculpture, raku, porcelain, graphic works... and my modular landscape

I’ve always loved nature and the wonderful Tuscan countryside, and that is why I chose to set up my Workshop/Atelier in the beautiful village of Castellina in Chianti.
And that's where I await you with my creations!


 

My story

My story starts in Poggibonsi in 1965.
Graduated from art school in 1985, in the Ceramics section of the “Duccio di Buoninsegna” Institute of Art in Siena.

I attended the set design section of the “Accademia di Belle arti” [Academy of Fine Arts] in Florence in 1986-87 and this short but very intense period of study helped me realise that what I was really interested in was creating ceramics ...

Complete biography

I was born in Poggibonsi (Siena) in 1965 and graduated from art school in 1985, in the Ceramics section of the “Duccio di Buoninsegna” Institute of Art in Siena. I attended the set design section of the “Accademia di Belle arti” [Academy of Fine Arts] in Florence in 1986-87 and this short but very intense period of study helped me realise that what I was really interested in was creating ceramics.

In 1987 I was offered an apprenticeship by the master craftsman Giuseppe Fontana, in Castellina in Chianti, and I spent a year working under him. In 1989 I opened my own workshop in Poggibonsi and in that same year I spent a month in Gijón (Spain), at the school of “Texture” ceramics, where I enriched my training and learned the technique of Raku. With this technique I experimented with rough and metallic surfaces on refractory mixtures. Often, thanks to memories of playful moments spent in my father’s mechanical workshop during my teens, I combine structures made of iron, steel and brass with ceramic elements.

I continued my research, attending the courses and seminars of important master craftsmen like Tim Andrews, Alvaro Baragli, Giovanni Cimatti and Stephen Roach. I’ve always loved nature and the wonderful Tuscan countryside. In 1992 I transferred my workshop to Castellina in Chianti.

I spent several years working there, mainly creating tableware with delicate under-glaze decoration, continuing with the evolution of my “Modular Landscape”, an idea conceived way back in 1983. At the same time, I continued experimenting with a wide variety of techniques and studying forms and shapes.

In 2002-2003 I taught professional design in the Ceramics section of the “Duccio di Buoninsegna” State Institute of Art in Siena. In May 2007, this same Institute awarded me the “Premio Duccio” prize as recognition for having transformed my passion for and studies carried out in the field of ceramics into a profession.

In 2008 I was invited to Japan for a personal show at the studio of the artist Takahiro Yoshino. Over the past two years, I have devoted increasing attention and creative space to porcelain and the use of high temperatures.

I live and work in Castellina in Chianti.

Awards

1990
Italy Award for visual arts
Certaldo (FI)

2003
XV XV Exhibition of Ceramics
Mediterranean award
International Centre for social and cultural studies in the ceramic.

2007
Premio Duccio
Duccio di Buoninsegna ”State Institute of Art”
Siena

Exhibitions and Events

2010
Ceramic and Metal
exposure Lucia Willingly and Marc Adons
Ursulakapel - Sint - Ursulastraat - Tongeren
Belgium

2008
Takahiro Yoshino Exchange Artist Project Vol.1 Present:
Lucia Volentieri - Landscape Modular 25 October to 5 November 2008
2585 - 116 Ooishi Fujikawaguchiko-Machi Minamitsuru-Gun Yamanashi-Ken
Japan

2002
Gallery "la Galerie" - Lineart
International Art Fair
Gent - Belgium

2002
Fragments Harmonies Asides
The pleasure of doing between ethics and aesthetics
Rocca center of Castellina in Chianti

2002
The Art Beyond the Hedge
Villa "La Verucola"
Staggia Senese (SI)

1999
Gallery "La Galerie"
Hossegor - France

1992
1960-1992 Ceramics Art Institute of Siena
Siena

1991
Artistic sensations
Medieval fortress
Castellina in Chianti (SI)

1990
Verifica90 - Travelling Exhibition
Trento - Montalbano Elicona - Marino

1990
Crafts copyright
Salt Warehouses (SI)

1984
Third Biennial Montecatini (PT)


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