Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tuscan Clay

These modernist Italian ceramics were produced by Aldo Londi at  Bitossi.
The company was founded in 1921 by Guido Bitossi and is still run by his family. 
Its hometown, Montelupo Fiorentino, has been an important center of pottery production
 since the Renaissance. Numerous important and innovative designers have collaborated with Bitossi
 throughout its history, including Piero Fornasetti, Ettore Sottsass, Nathalie du Pasquier
 and Marco Zanini, but Londi was surely the most significant contributor to the company's identity.

Londi was born in Montelupo in 1911, and started working for a ceramics manufacturer
 when he was 11 years old. After being taken prisoner in South Africa during WW2, he returned
 to Italy and in 1946 was appointed artistic director at Bitossi. He held that position for over 50 years,
 and created thousand of designs for vases, jugs, animals, candle stick holders and other objects.

 Londi was a creative experimenter in both form and technique, who combined
great technical skills and traditional knowledge with a contemporary artistic sensitivity
and great curiosity for new sources of ideas and inspiration. His distinctive ceramic designs
 were decorated with a great variety of patterns, glazes and color combinations.

thanks to Mid-Centuria

Londi's most famous series, the Rimini Blu collection, was designed between 1953 and 1965.
 These vibrantly colored ceramics were individually decorated with hand embossed patterns
and painted with layered glazes in various shades of blue with a touch of green and purple.

In 2006 Bitossi started reissuing some Londi designs made between 1950 and 1970.
Miniature Rimini Bianco is a selection of ten figurines from the original Rimini Blu series
reproduced in small size and white color.

The last range designed by Londi was Arkitectura, a collection of elegant and quirky stylized animal figures
decorated with embossed lines and dots and a painted with a monochrome white, black or platinum color glaze.
It's still being produced and you can find it in various design shops around the web.


  1. Very nice. I think you'll like Lisa Larsson's ceramic animals too.

  2. Wow! These are gorgeous. I'm always amazed what can be done with clay.

  3. Wow! The blue ceramics are amazing.

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  5. Thanks for your comments!

    P-E Fronning, thanks for reminding me, I love her work
    and will definitely feature it in a post one of these days!

  6. I love so many designs in the Bitossi collection. I'm going to be in Florence in October and would love to visit the factory in Montelupo Fiorentino. Have contacted them; now let's see if they reply!



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