Christmas lights the center of Faenza. An opportunity also to rediscover artistic majolica

4 December 2018 · Categoria Miscellaneous

palline di Natale in maiolica dipinta a mano

With the weekend of the Immaculate one approaching, we are getting ready to enter the Christmas climate.

Faenza is ready to welcome you in its beautiful square already set up with the lights, each year different, and the Christmas tree placed next to the Monumental Fountain set up in a flowery meadow.

le luminarie della piazza di Faenza, Natale 2018

The center of Faenza also lives thanks to the initiatives of Faenza C’entro, the association to which La Vecchia Faenza – Laura Silvagni adheres. Numerous showcases will be animated with fables: from the classic Pinocchio, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood to the “modern” fables of Frozen and the Aristocats.

Between a walk through shops and a cup of hot chocolate, December is also an opportunity to (re) discover the artistic ceramics.
Come and visit us in our stores in Corso Garibaldi 12 / A and Via Sant’Ippolito 23 / A, both near the square: we will show you the creations of this year and, to the curious, we will tell the story of Faenza majolica, from the methods processing at the birth of various decorative styles.

Entry to the shops is free; for any purchase, you will receive a gift certificate for two bottles of Caviro wine, as well as a delicious biscuit decorated in Pavona produced by the pastry shop Jolie. Read more >>

Extraordinary Christmas openings of our artistic ceramic shops

2 November 2018 · Categoria Communications

artistic pottery La Vecchia Faenza

With the approach of the Christmas period, from the end of November our stores La Vecchia Faenza and Laura Silvagni will observe extraordinary openings on holidays. In practice we will be at your disposal 7 days a week to help you choose artistic ceramics for your Christmas gifts. Read more >>

Argillà 2018 Faenza: our traditional majolica at the International Ceramic Festival

20 August 2018 · Categoria Events

Argillà 2018, Faenza (RA)

2 years have passed since the last Argillà, Faenza is preparing to welcome from August 31st to September 2nd 2018 two hundred exhibitors from all over the world and many visitors who will fill Piazza del Popolo and the main arteries of the historical center: Corso Mazzini, Corso Baccarini and Viale Baccarini, from the MIC International Ceramics Museum to the main square.

As La Vecchia Faenza we will be present, as always, in Corso Mazzini, sector D – stand D08A. Download the map of Argillà 2018!

For months we have been preparing to present ourselves in our most authentic form: ceramists who follow the tradition of Faenza majolica. We will bring the most representative pieces of our production in our stand:

  • Raphaelesque ceramics, a decoration produced for many years by Laura Silvagni starting from original drawings and which is still the protagonist of new creations, with romantic scenes inspired by paintings of past centuries or landscapes in which to recognize glimpses of villages and countryside of Romagna.
  • Traditional Faience Majolica inspired by period pieces preserved in the MIC museum, decorated in Pavona (peahen), Palmetta Persiana (persian palmette) and Garofano (carnation). In the decoration of these ceramics we strictly observe the Faenza tradition.
  • Melograno (pomegranate) ceramics , chronologically the last born of traditional Faenza decorations: with its vaguely Art Nouveau features, it quickly became a symbol of Faenza and is only produced in our city.
  • Small wearable majolica: necklaces, earrings and other objects finely decorated and signed, all to collect.

We are waiting for you in the streets of Faenza for 3 days of partying with our artistic ceramics!

ceramiche raffaellesche di Faenza
some “Raphael style” ceramics produced by La Vecchia Faenza

Maiolica di Faenza decorata alla Raffaellesca
a decorator at work on a Raphaelesque piece

Our Pottery in the Basement of the Monumental Fountain of Faenza

2 July 2018 · Categoria Events

On the occasion of the Summer Tuesdays in Faenza, we participate in the initiative of the “Amici della Fontana” association that on Tuesday 3 and Tuesday 17 July will accompany the public in the basement of the Monumental Fountain of Piazza del Popolo, to discover the mechanisms that make the source. In this ancient and suggestive place we have placed one of our “historical” pieces: a large raphalesque plate created in collaboration with Giovanni Pretolani.

the Raphael style dish of La Vecchia Faenza placed between the gears of the Fontana Monumentale of Faenza


The Cinquecento of Caravaggio and Raphael on display at the San Domenico Museums … and in our ceramic workshop!

31 January 2018 · Categoria Ceramiche artistiche

“The Eternal and the time between Michelangelo and Caravaggio” is the new exhibition of the San Domenico Museums in Forlì to be held from 10 February to 17 June 2018 in the convent church of San Giacomo Apostolo, freshly restored. The Cinquecento, a century that saw the dawn of the Renaissance and the appearance of a new current, Mannerism, as well as Michelangelo and Caravaggio, will be Rahpael, Parmigianino, Vasari and many others (the list is very long!).

After having filled your eyes with the wonderful works of these artists of the sixteenth century, we invite you to rediscover the same atmosphere by visiting our exhibition of artistic ceramics. The bond between the ceramists and the painters was solid from the beginning, as demonstrated by the works of the great Xanto Avelli (1486-1542), whose ceramics bear the marks of masters of the period such as Raphael, Mantegna and Parmigianino.

We at La Vecchia Faenza, like Xanto Avelli, also have our reference painters who are a source of continuous inspiration. As shown in the painting at the center of this dish, taken from the “Boy bitten by a lizard” by Caravaggio.

pottery inspired by the Boy bitten by a lizard by Caravaggio Read more >>

The celebration of our 50 years together with you!

23 November 2017 · Categoria Events

On Saturday, November 18, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of La Vecchia Faenza: a great achievement that we had the honor to celebrate together with the many authorities present and our customers, some coming from far away.

Your great participation has made us happy, even for this the party was wonderful!

50 anni La Vecchia Faenza: tanti clienti e autorità Read more >>

50 years of ceramics

20 October 2017 · Categoria Events

“I came to the ceramic craft almost by accident: in 1967 I found myself managing a ceramic shop without being a decorator. One of the first employees was Laura Silvagni… ”

These words of Gino Suzzi, founder of La Vecchia Faenza, well tell how our story began. Who could have imagined that young Laura, a few years later, would become Gino’s life partner and, since 2004, would take over La Vecchia Faenza’s guide? The plots of chance and destiny intertwined, giving rise to a reality made of passion for decoration and ceramics, in the wake of a glorious past that made Faenza famous in the world for its beautiful majolica.

Saturday, November 18: toast in the shop for 50 years of La Vecchia Faenza

On November 18, at 16 we celebrate together with wine, roasted chestnuts and donut our first 50 years in business!

At 17 o’clock there will be the cake cut in the presence of mayor Giovanni Malpezzi and deputy mayor Massimo Isola.

We are waiting for you at La Vecchia Faenza, via Sant’Ippolito 23/A, Faenza.

La Vecchia Faenza: 50 anni di ceramiche

Buongiorno Ceramica! is back!

20 May 2017 · Categoria Events

the artisan of ceramics Elisa Suzzi with hand decorated plate Pavona style - La Vecchia Faenza

On 2-3-4 June, the artistic and craft ceramics festival Buongiorno Ceramica! (Goodmorning Ceramic!), promoted by AiCC – the Italian Association of Ceramic Cities, returns to Faenza.

La Vecchia Faenza is the protagonist of two initiatives: a guided bicycle tour and a breakfast in a shop.

Saturday, June 3 – Guided Bicycle Tour

On Saturday, June 3, at 4 pm, the bicycle tour will take place at the workshops and laboratories of Faenza’s historic center.

The meeting is at 16 by Lega Carla Ceramiche d’Arte, Corso Mazzini 74/C. La Vecchia Faenza is the fourth stage of the two-wheeled tour.

Sunday, June 4 – Breakfast in ceramic art shop

On Sunday, June 4th from 10am, we are waiting for you in our artistic ceramic shop, via Sant’Ippolito 23/a, for a special breakfast: coffee is served in hand-painted ceramic cups by our ceramists.

Come and have a coffee, eat a brioche, and bring home the cup!

Breakfast costs 5 euros, cup included.

We are waiting for you!

Art Nouveau and Art Deco ceramics

30 March 2017 · Categoria Ceramiche artistiche

Spring is the season when nature renews itself. We too have decided to renew ourselves, alongside our production of traditional ceramics with some pieces inspired by Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

Unlike traditional ceramics, for which the designs and patterns are inspired by the pottery of the past, these are inspired by the paintings of the 20s and 30s of the twentieth century.

Source of inspiration were also the recent events and exhibitions at the International Ceramics Museum (MIC) of Faenza and the San Domenico Museum in Forlì, dedicated precisely to the liberty and deco styles. Two styles for the temporal proximity mingling into each other in a pleasant alternation of sinuous lines and square shapes.

Here you can observe two plates and three eggs painted with delicate colors and figures of romantic inspiration. The dishes, 30 cm in diameter, are one of the most common and representative forms of our ceramics; the eggs have been achieving in the vicinity of Easter and can become valuable and original centerpieces for your living rooms.

The first course depicts a cat in an imaginary garden. The cat, as well as a pet beloved, always fascinates and surprises for being wild but outgoing, smart and sweet at the same time. In the colorful ceramic eggs next to the plate, you can see two women in attitudes otherwise evocative of love and romance.

Piatto con gatto e due uova con figure di donne, ceramiche di Faenza Read more >>

Raphaelesque: just made an amphora and a tray

31 January 2017 · Categoria Ceramiche artistiche

We have just completed two pieces meticulously decorated in the style Raffaellesco, one of the jewels of our production flowers.

anfora e vassoio raffaellesco, ceramica di Faenza pottery

The Raffaellesco Faenza is inspired by the pictorial style of Raffaello Sanzio, in particular for the purity of the human figures and for landscaping with grotesque, also known as Raphael (always inspired by the designs adopted by Raphael).

Our Raphaelesque is reworked in a very personal way by Silvagni workshop. It requires great precision and commitment to achieve very definite designs, in some cases miniaturized, such as rural scene on the back of the amphora. Read more >>

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