Meet the Artisan: Fos Ceramiche
Fos Ceramiche mixes creativity and constant experimentation to create contemporary, hand-decorated, unique objects in unglazed porcelain also known as 'biscuit'.
The town of Faenza, in the Region of Emilia Romagna, has been known for its majolica-ware glazed earthenware pottery production since the 13th century. Here, Piero Mazzotti and Andri Ioannou founded FOS Ceramiche in 1987, continuing the local tradition of artisanal ceramics manufacturing, with a constant interest in research and experimentation.
FOS designers specialize in unglazed porcelain, or biscuit, and meticulously work at each piece, experimenting with shapes and adding precious gold and platinum accents to their collections. Colors and decorations are always hand-applied, in line with the brand’s attention for detail and passion for perfection, to create unique and exquisite artifacts.
Tell us about your products and what makes them special.
Could you describe your production process?
It all starts with a misshapen piece of clay that we work for days to make it into a prototype for the finished piece. We prepare a chalk mold of the prototype and pour our mix of different, carefully selected, porcelains. Once we take the object out of the mold, we dry it and cook it at 900 degrees Celsius. We then lacquer it with an airbrush or by immersion and then cook it again at 1260 degrees Celsius. Only this way does the porcelain get the strength and durability that characterizes it. At the very end, we add gold and platinum accents by brush, and then cook the piece again at 790 degrees.