Thanks to your style, your name is very well-known among collectors.
In the beginning we remained faithful to tradition, and dedicated ourselves to painted majolica. Then in the 1990s we started to push towards industrial materials. Both of us agreed on the idea of focusing on the material representation of our times, of everything that is ephemeral, transitory and perishable.
Can you explain the reason for this choice?
Our interest in the extremes of civilisation is the result of the background that we share: both Stefano and I were born in the countryside, where the days follow each other monotonously. In our eyes, the world of big cities and unrestrained consumerism seemed to be artistically more interesting.
Â© Lorenzo Palmieri
Have you ever disagreed during your 40-year partnership?
Many times, but mostly over practical problems. Stefano is more of a grasshopper, whereas Iâ€™m an ant, so our discussions have always been over the investments that we had to make, because all our works are time-consuming and we cannot afford to make mistakes.
How did the other master ceramicists in Faenza welcome your work?
Some still consider us to be heretics, mainly because of the subjects we have chosen to develop: for example, our first product, which we made according to the criteria of traditional majolica, was a Madonna mowing the lawn.