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Vincenzo Del Monaco

Vincenzo Del Monaco Ceramicist
Contact
Italian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 3896599007
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The architect of ceramics

  • • Vincenzo is a multifaceted ceramicist and architect
  • • His family have been ceramicists for five generations
  • • He combines handcrafting with digital technologies

Vincenzo Del Monaco embodies a perfectly contemporary Renaissance man. Born into one of the most important dynasties of ceramicists in Grottaglie, in the Apulia region – a centre of ceramic creation for centuries – he started handcrafting his pieces in the renowned family workshop when he was just a kid, and he hasn't stopped studying and evolving ever since. Architect, researcher and artist, he merges traditional craftsmanship with avant-guard technologies such as 3D modelling and digital scanning to investigate materials and forms and their role in creating “a relationship between an object and a subject”, which is his ongoing challenge and inspiration. Openminded and experimental, Vincenzo's vision leads him in a variety of directions and has resulted in the creation of bronze sculptures as well as beautiful tableware made in collaboration with Michelin-starred chefs.

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Works

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Troy horse 1

This black sculptural ceramic piece is Vincenzo Del Monaco’s interpretation of the mythological Trojan horse. It has been finished with two contrasting surface textures, one smooth and the other spiky.

Length 30 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 12 cm

Vincenzo Del Monaco Ceramicist
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Troy horse 2

Through this sculptural ceramic piece, coloured with cobalt and selenium glaze, Vincenzo Del Monaco interprets the mythological figure of the Trojan horse. The glazes used create a smooth gradient of colours, shifting from bright red on one side to a deep blue, almost black on the other.

Length 30 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 12 cm

Vincenzo Del Monaco Ceramicist
Photo: © Dario Miale
Taurus

This handcrafted ceramic piece was inspired by the drawings of bulls by Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Vincenzo Del Monaco's interpretation is an architectural one, derived by studying and imagining the ideal contemporary and futuristic image of the bull. The bull has been finished in a bright red selenium glaze.

Length 50 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 20 cm

Vincenzo Del Monaco Ceramicist
Photo: © Dario Miale
Supper

This sculptural ceramic form finished with aventurine glaze is part of a series of studies creating new shapes from traditional forms and lines. Vincenzo Del Monaco gives the piece a contemporary feel through the textured part of the surface.

Length 45 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 20 cm

Vincenzo Del Monaco Ceramicist

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