THE POTTER'S ART LIVES ON
Rossoramina is a ceramic studio here in Lucca. A husband and wife operation, Federica and Stefano Gambogi keep up with the times in their remote workshop far from the input of a big multicultural city but their minds and inspiration are broad and international.
These pieces on the floor that look like vases are in fact lamps—light would pass through thousands of tine holes that appear in the thistle design or in the grid form.
But these are vases; they're very impressive in clusters.
Not long ago I posted a photo of four pitchers by Rossoramina. This one and the one below are more recent creations.
Stefano trained as a sculptor. This nude lady with an uncertain look on her face watches over the husband and wife artists with cautiously withheld approval.
I never asked what these buxom snake-coiled damsels will end up doing.
The unfired ceramics are such pure perfection, but I must admit that the final product is even more impressive.
The thistle theme seems to have taken hold in many of their new works. Here it is on a gleaming pure white vase.