Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Architect Francesca Verardo cultivated her passion for ceramics by training with Italian and international master ceramists. She was inspired to open her own workshop after meeting English potter David Roberts, founder of the Naked Raku movement in Europe, in 2012. Her atelier opened a year later in Pordenone, where Verardo started producing contemporary raku ceramic jewelry in black and white with smoky tones. Her minimalist, geometric style is defined by monochrome surfaces combined with precious metals, finely hand-painted using traditional techniques.