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Marta Gatti Servadei

Marta Gatti Servadei Ceramicist
Contact
Italian, English
Hours:
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 18:30 and Saturday 08:30 - 13:00
Phone:
+39 0546634301
© Cristina Bagnara

Destined to work with ceramics

  • • Together with her brothers, Marta manages Ceramica Gatti
  • • Theirs is one of the most celebrated ceramics workshops in Faenza
  • • They also run a museum containing 300 objects spanning 100 years

Marta Servadei and her brothers represent the present generation of Ceramica Gatti, a historic company that is the feather in the cap of Faenza’s majolica tradition. The workshop was founded in 1928 by their great uncle Riccardo, who was a renowned sculptor at the beginning of the 20th century and later dedicated himself to ceramic art. “Since Riccardo did not have any offspring, in 1972 our father was entrusted with the management of the workshop, where we have always worked following in the footsteps of the original founder," explains Marta. The company has continued its long tradition of collaborating with designers and artists, from Ugo La Pietra to the most famous exponents of contemporary art such as Nick Mauss, who in Faenza produced 'Illuminated Window', one of his last creations.

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Works

  • © Giovanni Collina
  • © Cristina Bagnara
  • © Andrea Chiabai
  • © Cristina Bagnara
  • © Cristina Bagnara
Photo: © Giovanni Collina
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The jaws of this green-glazed majolica piranha seem poised to snap at its next prey. The allure of the carnivorous fish is accentuated by the sharp contrast created by the hand-painted gold and mother-of-pearl finishes around its eyes and scales. Marta finished the final details of this hand-moulded ceramic sculpture with her thumb.

Height 57 cm
Width 33 cm
Depth 66 cm

Photo: © Cristina Bagnara
Carla Crown

The gold interior of this ceramic crown contrasts with the black majolica exterior. A fleur-de-lys (stylised lily), symbol of the French monarchy, adorns each point of the crown. The crown was shaped on a potter’s wheel and painted with gold before the third firing.

Height 24
Diameter 24

Photo: © Andrea Chiabai
Comfort Oh Chapeau

This leopard-patterned sculpture in the shape of a top hat was created by moulding liquid clay. The details and relief were then added by hand. Marta used the majolica technique to glaze the top hat and a paintbrush to apply the finishing touches of mother-of-pearl and gold.

Height 33 cm
Diameter 33 cm

Photo: © Cristina Bagnara
Laura Crown

This gilded ceramic crown is decorated with turquoise and red finishes, creating the illusion of encrusted stones. The crown was shaped on a potter’s wheel, glazed in majolica and painted with a brush before the third firing.

Height 33 cm
Diameter 33 cm

Photo: © Cristina Bagnara
Patrizia Crown

This black and white ceramic crown was shaped on a potter’s wheel. Handmade platinum-coloured applications were then added to its surface. The crown has a majolica glaze finish and was painted with a brush before the third firing.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 25 cm

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