THE MAIOLICHE COLLECTIONS

An ancient earthenware craftsmanship reinvented by Michele De Lucchi. A Limited Edition.

In this short visual story we are going to embark on a journey of the creation of our Maioliche

The Maiolica is a sophisticated medieval pottery technique exclusive to the Italy and some part of the mediterrean. It particularly noteworthy for its glassy finish that resembles porcelain thanks to a two phase cooking procedure and a special tin based coating.



Every Produzione Privata story begins in the same way. It all starts in Michele De Lucchi’s mystical sketchbook. Here you will find the illustrated steps that brought life to our Maioliche from a lump of clay to a finished unique masterpiece.

1 | The very first drawings by Michele de Lucchi in his sketchbook


2 | The earliest prototypes of decoration patterns

Alongside the three drawings you can read the descriptions: Fontanelle meaning fountains; Alberi are trees; Foglie meaning leafs.

3 | Michele De Lucchi finalizes the first Maiolica collection

4 | The master turner proceeds to give shape to the very first maiolica on the lathe in his workshop

5 | The artisanship required for the levels of details demanded is astounding

6 | Here the cover is being evened and smoothened with a special lathing blade

This is a very delicate step as a single wrong cut would mean starting from the beginning.

7 | The final touches are 'shaped'

Now the majolicas are handed to the artisan in charge of the firing process.

8 | The difference in color from the maiolica before and after the firing process

Maiolica, translated Majolica, is the name given to this type of tin-glazed earthenware.
It is a traditional historic pottery technique unique to medieval italy & the mediterrean. For further reading please see: The history and technique of the Maiolica

9 | The ingredients for the base and the colours have to be carefully planned and mixed

10 | These are the tubes containing colours, bases and mixers for the right looks and consistency

11 | AN example of the base mixture that will be applied to the cooled maiolica

This allows the patterns to be drawn and then later enameled

12 | Here you can see the base being applied by means of careful brushstrokes

13 | The patterns provided by Michele De Lucchi and adapted by our graphics team are studied and prepared for hand drawing

14 | In order to draw more reliably, a carbon footprint is imprinted on the vase, to have an outline to follow by hand

15 | The very first brushstroke

A long road is ahead for our Artists till they are done!

16 | The maiolica before the second firing

The drawing by the artists is completed and the maiolica is ready to be fired again to achieve that glazed look and immortalize the drawn masterpiece.

Michele De Lucchi is so excited by the results that he calls his longtime friend and master photographer Tom Vack to capture these very special artworks.
This is an unedited, uncropped set-up photo by Tom Vack Photography



These are pictures, although they almost resemble 3D drawings. This effect is partly achieved by the glazing of the maiolica and mostly by the superb mastership and style of Tom Vack.





For the collection of vases were designed seven different shapes and decorations.
Due to all the possible combinations of shapes and decorations, comes seven different collection. Each vase is therefore a unique piece.

In the following picture you can see the very first pieces produced.



PROJECT CREDITS
Project: Michele De Lucchi
Design: Philippe Nigro
Graphis design: Maddalena Molteni
Product Manager: Nora De Cicco

Manufacturer: Ubaldo Grazia Maioliche
Turner: Augusto Girolamini
Color expert: Nicola Boccini
Decorations: Carol Brannigan, Riccardo Muti

PHOTO CREDITS
Maddalena Molteni 
Tom Vack (objects)

IMAGES COURTESY
Michele De Lucchi's Archive



 

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