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Renzo Faggioli



All levels of ceramics
3D design


Scuola State Ceramica della Robbia, Florence, Italy
Advanced Study, Alfred University and Carnegie-Mellon University


Mr. Faggioli, ceramist-in-residence, is a master craftsman in ceramics. After studying at the State Scuola Ceramica Della Robbia in Florence he pursued advanced study in the United States. Mr. Faggioli completed his studies at Alfred University, New York, and Carnegie-Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA. His work has been shown at many major exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States and Europe. He previously represented the U.S. in the Eighth Bienniale International de Ceramique d'Art, Vallauris, France, where he worked as an industrial designer for several years. In 2002, he was awarded Best of Show at the Sidewalk Art Show of the Bethlehem Fine Art Commission; in 2003, he received the purchase award from the show. Recently, his work was featured in solo shows at Allentown Art Museum, 2005; Holland Gallery, West Chester, 2004; and and Hoopla Gallery, Bethlehem, in 2004. Also in 2004, he exhibited with ceramic tile maker Eugenio Taccini of Italy at The Baum School of Art and participated in the “Artists who Teach in the Lehigh Valley” group show at Lafayette College. In April, 2004, he received the 2004 Allentown Arts Ovation Award for the Visual Arts. He also teaches ceramics at The Baum School of Art.

faggioli work

Artist Statement:

"In the work that I do, I try to bring out the influence of tradition and apply it to contemporary times. My work is primarily done through raku firing. In my most recent work, I have been exploring the human figure, using the model as well as figurative works from throughout history as reference material. My influences range from Etruscan terracotta works from my native Tuscany, the works of Donatello, Della Robbia and other Renaissance masters, to modern masters such as Marino Marini. Matisse's famous relief series of "Backs" has also provided me inspiration in incorporating the human figure at various stages of abstraction. The designs of nature have always provided a great influence for me."