FOS Ceramiche:History of a CeramicsManufacturerconstantly evolving
Faenza: ImportantCeramic Center sincethe 13th Centuryin Italy
Our story begins in Faenza for a reason. Since ancient times, the city has developed a unique attention and awareness for ceramic art, becoming synonymous with majolica (or Faience, meaning glazed earthenware). It has been a crossroads of knowledge and an epicenter for pottery thanks to the school of ceramics and the largest international museum in the world dedicated to this art form. Here met Piero Mazzotti and Andri Ioannou founding, over 30 years ago, their ceramics studio that, before being “Made in Italy” was proudly “Made in Faenza”.
Objects witha bold personalitythat catch the eye
The art of working with your hands, the oldest and most instinctual form of expression, combined with technique and years of experience.
Since we began, we haven't stopped innovating; always creating unique and original collections. Ceramics is a continuous challenge. It not only involved formal research but hands-on study of the primary materials over thousands of tries and attempts.
Italy, with its grandiose past and its infinite beauty, is the fruitful soil for the growth of our creative ideas. FOS creations are 100% made in Italy, from conception to creation in our studio in Faenza.
We are dedicated to our creations for the entire time that is needed to perfect every single detail, guaranteeing its worth. Our products are not made following the industrial beat of machines but the ancestral and passionate rhythms of the human hand.
Flexibility and dedication are requirements for fulfilling even the most particular of our clients' requests, which becomes a pretext for experimenting and challenge.
The best projectsare often the resultof interactionand synergy
Andri Ioannou, after graduating in mathematics at the University of Athens, moved to Faenza where she attended the Art Institute of Ceramics “G. Ballardini”. In 1986, together with Piero Mazzotti, she wrote a book on ceramic technology and decoration entitled “L’Arte della ceramica” and in 1987 started FOS CERAMICHE. Her works have been displayed in prestigious exhibitions including, in 2016, “W. Women in Italian design” at Triennale Design Museum in Milan. During her career she has also been admitted to many ceramic competitions, winning the third place at the International Biennial of Ceramic Art of Aveiro in 2021.
Piero Mazzotti, after obtaining the Art degree at the Institute of Ceramics “G. Ballardini” of Faenza, started collaborating with many ceramic studios in the USA, Scotland, Greece and Italy. In 1986, together with the ceramist Andri Ioannou, wrote a book on ceramic technology and decoration entitled “L’Arte della ceramica” and, a year later, started FOS CERAMICHE. Since 2013 he has been teaching at the Higher Technical Institute for ceramics in Faenza.
Giovanni Cimatti started his artistic career in the seventies and since 1980 he has been holding international workshops on ceramic art, spreading the techniques he has developed. He has been a teacher at the Art Institute of Siena and at the Art Institute for Ceramics of Faenza. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, the most recent at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Kyungshung University in Pusan, Korea, at the Ceratekno Gallery in Toki City, Japan, and at the Museo Civico Archeologico in Bergamo.
Enea Mazzotti, after graduating in law at the University of Bologna, attended the Technical Institute for Ceramics “Tonito Emiliani” in Faenza. After short internships with artists, he started working at FOS CERAMICHE. With his works he obtained in 2017 an award at the “International Competition of Contemporary Art Ceramics City of Gualdo Tadino” and, in 2020, a mention at the national ceramic competition “Convivium” in Appignano.
Giovanni Luca Ferreri
After a master’s degree in Architecture from Polytechnic in Milan, Giovanni Luca Ferreri was awarded a PhD in Architectural Composition at IUAV in Venice. He has drawn from his fine art training in his experimentation and development in the field of architectural space and collectable design. The everyday items that emerge, carry a sculptural force born in design. Giovanni Luca looks to find a balance between the forms inherent in an architectural space, and the continuously changing forms in nature.