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Guido Gambone (1909-1969)

Guido Gambone (1909-1969) was a pivotal figure in 20th-century Italian ceramics, renowned for his innovative approach that blended traditional ceramic techniques with modern aesthetics. Born in Montella, Italy, Gambone embarked on his journey into ceramics at the tender age of fifteen, despite his parents’ reservations, by joining a ceramic manufacturer in Vietri sul Mare​ (Unforget)​. His early experiences in Vietri, a hub for ceramic production known for its ‘German era’ revitalization by northern European artists, significantly shaped his creative path​ (Giustini Stagetti)​.

Gambone’s work was characterized by a fusion of painting, primitivism, traditional patterning, and mid-century modern aesthetics, making his pieces highly sought after and influential within the ceramics world. He was particularly noted for his expressive use of line, patterning, and shape, which became defining elements of his style​ (The Makers Guild)​.

In the 1930s, Gambone moved to Florence to join the Cantagalli factory, known for specializing in Maiolica, a type of Italian earthenware. This period marked a significant phase in his career as he delved into the Maiolica tradition, infusing it with his innovative vision​ (Unforget)​. His collaboration with the Industria Ceramica Salernitana (ICS) and the establishment of his own workshops, La Faenzerella and later La Tirrena in Florence, were key milestones in his career. These workshops became platforms for Gambone to experiment with and refine his craft, leading to the production of pieces that were both innovative and reflective of traditional Italian ceramic art​ (Giustini Stagetti)​​ (The Makers Guild)​.

Gambone’s contributions to ceramic art were widely recognized and celebrated, earning him awards and international acclaim. His pieces are now treasured holdings in both private and museum collections worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum, illustrating the lasting impact of his work on the field of ceramics​ (Casati Gallery)​.

Throughout his life, Gambone remained dedicated to exploring the boundaries of ceramic art, continually experimenting with glazes, forms, and decorations. His legacy is that of a ceramist who bridged the gap between traditional Italian ceramics and contemporary artistic expression, leaving an indelible mark on the world of art and design.

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