ITALIAN POTTERY OF ALBISOLA AND SAVONA

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Francesco Guarino
Albisola ceramics: Pecatore Albisola ceramics: Fruttiera Levantino His work is produced entirely in majolica and consists of unique handcrafted items guaranteed by Francesco's artistic experience. He started working with masters of pottery in 1990 and later opened his own workshop, preferring to specialize in unique originals rather than mass production. Francesco Guarino has participated in art exhibitions at national and international level.

ITALIAN CERAMICS OF ALBISOLA

Francesco Guarino's production follows Albisola's tradition of decorative pottery in a naturalistic way, and includes still life, landscapes, sculptures, and so on; also commissioned oil portraits. etc... Continue
  •  Welcome to my artistic pottery website. Liguria handcraft in the traditional Albisola and Savona style
  • Artistic pottery for decorative furnishing. Artistic decoration of vases, plates, tiles, bedside lamps, majolica. Paintings on cloth on request.
  • Porcellane d'arredamento. Ornamental porcelain. Liguria art ceramics of Albisola and Savona. Plaques and religious articles
  • Gift ornaments. Pillars, lamps, wall panels, sculptures. Hand painted decorations.
  • In my shop you can order keepsakes for weddings, christenings and confirmations.
  • All kinds of pottery with decorations of your choice.
  • Welcome to my artistic pottery website. Liguria handcraft in the traditional Albisola and Savona style.
  • Artistic pottery for decorative furnishing. Artistic decoration of vases, plates, tiles, bedside lamps, majolica. Paintings on cloth on request.
  • Ornamental porcelain. Liguria art ceramics of Albisola and Savona. Plaques and religious articles.
  • Gift ornaments. Pillars, lamps, wall panels, sculptures. Hand painted decorations.
  • In my shop you can order keepsakes for weddings, christenings and confirmations.
  • All kinds of pottery with decorations of your choice.
    ARTISTIC POTTERY BY FRANCESCO GUARINO

ONE ARTIST MANY DIFFERENT STYLES

Animals and still life
Meridian with Wolves blacks. - Meridian functional, decorated with Wolves blacks. Majolica
In ceramics, as well as in old oil painting, representation of Still Life, ...
Calligraphic style
Column in majolica, Calligrafico  - Column in majolica completed decorated in Calligraphic.
Calligraphic style was introduced in the seventeenth century, inspired, ...
Christmas Balls
Christmas Balls - Christmas Balls, decorated in Calligraphic style.
This link contains: Christmas Balls. You can order pottery , custom measures ...
Lamps
Lamp Potiche Pink. - Majolica
Lamps can be customized with any traditional Albisola decorations or ...
Floral design
Poutiche (3)
 - Vase in majolica painted
with various floral scenes
Floral design has never been very popular in the Albisola tradition and ...
Giftware
Water Jug - Water Jug, decorated in old Savona.
This link contains pottery of different styles and types....
Landscapes
Old Savona - Majolica, with a view of the ancient port of Savona and sailboats at anchor.
Throughout the Albisola tradition landscape is generally considered a ...
Sacred art
Madonna and Child Jesus - Majolica, plate.
Subjects from the Bible or the lives of the saints are part of the Savona ...
Ceramic Cremation Urns
Floral box - Great box, personalized with names, decorations and dedication.
This website contains examples of Ceramic cremation urns. We realize orders ...
Levantino style
Fruit-stand in Levantino
 - Fruit-stand in majolica painted with Levantino Style
This name comes from the Levantino family of potters. The decorations ...
Country scenes
Poutiche Valente - Vase in majolica
with dancing figures
Many Albisola styles, such as Valente and Levantino, more rarely Calligraphic, ...
Apothecary's pot
Apothecary's pots Idria - Idria, Apothecary's pots, in majolica, painted in Old Savona, with mythological scene.
The jar of pharmacy was a vase designed and decorated to contain medicines ...
Paintings and portraits
Raffaello Sanzio - Our Lady
Pencil and Charcoal Technique on grey Artboard
Customized portraits and copies of paintings in oils, pencil, pastels, ...
Antique Savona
Roman Chariots race - Majolioca
"Antique Savona" decoration was introduced in the mid-seventeenth century ...
Bombonniere
Turtle - Bonbonniere in majolica style "Old Savona"
These bonbonniere are given for weddings, baptisms, communions, confirmations ...
Sculptures
Portrait of girl. - semi-refractory pink.
Albisola does not have a great tradition of sculpture, but in the past ...

POTTERY ARTICLES IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE

  • Plate.
    Plate. - Majolica
  • Clock
    Clock - Majolica
  • Albarello Old Savona
    Albarello Old Savona  - Apothecary's pots, in majolica, painted in Old Savona
  • Plate whit view of Albisola
    Plate whit view of Albisola - Majolica
  • Plate.
    Plate. - Plate with coat of arms
  • Plate with fish.
    Plate with fish. - Majolica.
  • Christmas tree
    Christmas tree - Majolica decorated in calligraphic style
  • Umbrella stand
    Umbrella stand - Majolica.
  • Father Pio
    Father Pio - Majolica, plate with fram.e
  • Artemisia plays with Birba
    Artemisia plays with Birba - Sculpture semi-refractory.
  • St. Rossello
    St. Rossello - Majolica
  • Apothecary pot
    Apothecary pot - Majolica. Pilloliere
  • Plate
    Plate  - Majolica
  • Christmas Balls
    Christmas Balls -  Majolica decorated with white Christmas. In Antique Savona, red.
  • Mushrooms.
    Mushrooms. - Majolica with frame.
  • Fruit Bowl
    Fruit Bowl - Majolica

ALBISOLA: ART AND CERAMICS CENTRE

Albisola Albisola is a small town in the province of Savona which, as well as being a wellknown holiday resort, can claim a position of national importance in the field of ceramics and majolica production. Albisola pottery is famous above all for its characteristic blue and white colours, known as "Antique Savona". Francesco's work moves within this artistic framework, applying his inborn talent to the typical Albisola technique. This talent is probably traceable to the heritage of his Sicilian origins, as this region is traditionally rich in artists dedicated to the creation of ceramics. Francesco is very versatile. His work is varied, without exaggeration or useless detail, with an eye to traditional styles. His work includes vases, sculptures, paintings, decorated plates, lamps, portraits, objects for interior decoration, landscapes, gift articles,
all made to order. Another aspect of Francesco's varied artistic personality is his interest in sacred art. He has a wide production inspired by ancient traditon, and there is a rich section on sacred art on his website Albisola Portraits of the saints and the nativity and passion of Christ, sculptures of nativity figures, plates decorated with biblical scenes are only some of the items to be found on the link to sacred art. Sea, sun and mountains are only some of the attractions of this small but important centre in the province of Savona, and even if you are interested in only a few of these, treating yourself to a holiday in Albisola is worthwhile! If you come this way pay a visit to Francesco's studio and admire his work firsthand. It is situated opposite the railway station in Albisola Superiore, close to the motorway exit.

WHERE TO FIND ME

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Laboratorio di ceramiche
Francesco Guarino
Corso Mazzini N.46
17013 Albisola Superiore (SV)
ITALY
Tel: +39 3391484754
STORE HOURS
Closed on sunday
Monday to Saturday
8.00 - 12.30
14.30 - 19.30

HISTORY

  • The tradition of working clay in Albisola goes back thousands of years. We can say that it has followed the growth of civilization down the centuries. Good quality clay for pottery was produced in Albisola during Roman times, and the decline of the pottery tradition coincided with the decline of Roman civilization, only to revive slowly in the Middle Ages up to the 16th century. In the 17th century Albisola could boast some of the best majolica production in Europe, the most widely made decorative pottery being the calligraphic-naturalistic Antique Savona, or blue and white, style. The 18th century witnessed the development of the Levantino and Valente styles, together with the
    Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Sculptures - Angel
    Boselli and other decorative styles which continued into the 19th century and led to Art Déco and Futurism. So the history of pottery in Albisola moves on through the centuries. There is disagreement among experts as regards the timing of its rise to national fame. Some, like Antonio Aragon, believe it spreads from Sicily from the 11th century onwards, covering the whole of Italy in the space of a few hundred years and reaching Albisola around the 12th century. But according to the English archaeologist David Whitehouse the origins of early Sicilian or southern pottery are different from those of ancient northern pottery and date back to the 12th century,
  • stemming from north Africa and reaching Albisola and Savona in due course. It's possible that this production is reflected in the "Bacini" mounted on Ligurian bell towers and church façades and recorded in the inventories of pottery ware belonging to Ligurian nobles. According to 8th century documents Benedictine monks brought pottery to Albisola, usually glazed earthenware or slips. The rebirth of ceramics production in Albisola is documented in the 15th century: ancient majolica, slips, semi majolica, glass panels, lustres. But the real triumph of majolica in Albisola came about in the 16th century and in the 17th century it made the town famous throughout Europe. Many other documents and products testify to the flowering of Albisola ceramics in the 16th century. These products were sought after by nobles, not only in Genoa and Liguria. In this period families of ceramics artists were born in Savona and Albisola, who flourished and became famous well into the 17th and 18th centuries. The Bianchino and Ghirardi families produced other ceramics artists who spanned the centuries. In the 16th century came the first statutes regulating the profession, and many artists from Albisola and Savona adhered to these corporations or statutes: Conradi, Piccone, Salomone and Ghirardi, Grosso, Peluffo, Sciaccarama, Seirullo, Saettone or Seitone, and other masters wrote the history of pottery in Albisola and Savona. The 17th century is perhaps the period of its greatest splendour. Thanks to the work of the painter Giovanni Antonio Guidobono the famous "Antique Savona" decoration gained popularity, putting Albisola and Savona at the forefront of Italian production, and the famous turquoise colouring was in demand throughout Italy and Europe.
  • Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Lamps - Lamp with bird These towns achieved fame for their fine white glazing as well as for decorative style. In this period, the rivalry between workshops led to family names and marks being used on vases to identify the majolica of Albisola and Savona. But there were highs and lows in their production, caused by the wars and epidemics that afflicted Europe in that period. The Folco, Chiodo Bianchino and many other families were active in Albisola and Savona at the time. After 1720 porcelain started to spread and "terzo fuoco" decoration, manufactured by a process of triple firing, came in 1748. Glazed earthenware arrived from England in 1752, then from the whole of Europe, and together with porcelain it quickly replaced Italian majolica and that of Albisola in particular, causing its rapid decline. Famous ceramics artists like Folco, Levantino, Giacomo Boselli, Ratti, and so on, were working in Albisola and Savona in the 18th century, but in the 19th century the artisan workshops were replaced by European factories which produced porcelain and earthenware with applied decoration. Thus much of the local majolica production was abandoned in favour of earthenware, in spite of the fact that there was no lack of famous artists like Tambuscio and Brilla.
  • Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Sculptures - Ninfa sad Towards the end of the 19th century it was Nicolo' Poggi who Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Calligraphic style - Jewelry box contributed to the rebirth of majolica, first in Savona and then in Albisola. His work encouraged other artists to revert to tradition; between the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century Liberty was the most popular decoration, then came Futurism, which brought fame to Albisola. The most famous 18th century style in this part of Italy was the calligraphic naturalistic, which was an imitation of the Turkish decorations of Iznik or of Chinese porcelain. It can be decorated in arabesque, leaf or country "quarters". The Albisola artists superimposed Asian motifs such as hares, deer, birds or leaves on Western ones such as churches, castles or houses, all painted in turquoise or multicoloured. The better known "Antique Savona" decoration was in turquoise on a white background, more rarely multicoloured, and usually depicted religious or mythological motifs, or landscapes.
  • Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Sacred art - Crib Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Sacred art - Jesus with the sword The Levantino style was widely used in Albisola in the 19th century, as were the Valente "birds and parsley" and the Boselli. In the 20th century Art Déco and Futurism were in vogue. In Albisola beyond to the ceramics you can find one beautiful beach, many restaurants. In Albisola there are also many beautiful churches. In Albisola Superiore finds that one dedicated to Saint Nicolò. In Albisola Capo Saint Peter and Stella Maris. In Albissola Marina that one dedicated to “Ours Mrs. of the Concord”. In the locality Peace in Albisola Superiore the Madonna of the Peace.

RESTORATIONS

Albisola ceramics by Francesco Guarino - Restorations - Example Restoration
We carry out restoration of ceramics and sculpture conservation, total, partial.
Example Restoration
Grouting and finishing
 
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POTTERY PAINTING AND SCULPTURE LESSONS

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Ceramics and painting Courses, group and individual. The courses do not require any registration. The cost of group lessons are 10 € per hour. Individual € 15 per hour. The courses are taught in the laboratory of Corso Mazzini N.46 Albisola. The courses include:
  • Bachelor of decoration
  • Course of Sculpture
  • Oil Painting Course
The courses include short:
  • The basics of drawing
  • The basics of perspective
  • The basics of anatomy
  • Basics on color theory
The theoretical part is included in the various practice lessons.
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