Pesaro has for many years been a famous centre for the production of tiles and pottery, an important point of reference in Italy and the world thanks to its the ceramic masters among which is Franco Bucci. In his honour, the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza has organized a whole exhibition devoted to him and to the early years of the Laboratorio Pesaro, aiming at bringing us back to a journey that started in 1961 when the city was still relatively unknown. The main purpose of the Laboratorio Pesaro was to produce everyday objects with special attention to design and shapes and using grès, a material that was fairly unknown in Italy at the time: an idea that many thought crazy, born without a strong backing or encouraging promises of success but from the strong will of technician Filippo Doppioni, Franco Bucci, who came from the production of enamelled copper, world-renowned artist Nanni Valentini, and ceramic master Roberto Pieraccini.
It was a challenge that overcame many difficulties over the years, but which in the end paid off and allowed each of its founders to grow artistically. Franco Bucci in particular treasured the result of this continuous exchange of ideas when, after abandoning his artistic career in Milan, he moved to Pesaro where, alongside his wife Anna, he continued running the company until 1995 and kept on as a consultant until 1998, witnessing the success of many collections that, after being transferred on to other brands, stopped being handmade and begun to be produced in series. A great artist that could look to the future without denying his humble past, Bucci was able to integrate in his works the weed and the rose that have always been part of the Pesarese ceramic tradition, while the technical expertise and craftsmanship acquired in Milan and combined with the choice of the best raw materials transformed the brand into a synonym for great quality.
It was on such foundations that Gabriele Bucci, grandson and trainee of the Master, founded Ceramiche Bucci srl, a company with the same passion for their work and the same careful use of the best raw materials. Located in a former foundry, the shop still retains the charm of the forge, and large open spaces house the workshop, the outlet shop and the design store. Tourists and enthusiasts visiting the city can thus admire the finished products, all displaying the decorations so dear to Franco Bucci and today proposed in a modern key, from the weed and the rose to other kinds of decorations that recall local tradition, all impressed on grès, a ceramic that is now widely recognized as the most durable, through state-of-the-art technology 1200°C to keep the colours unchanged over time.
A place where earth and fire combine and create beautiful objects through the skilled hands of master craftsmen: this is Ceramiche Bucci, perfectly described by Ann Blumberg in Gorky Rosa, an important acknowledgement of the extraordinary beauty of the brands production. Vases and bowls that combine functionality with great design, pots and lids that are daily appreciated for their practicality, teapots, cups and jugs that recall the warmth of a family breakfast, bowls, centrepieces, vase covers and humidifiers that bring a touch of elegance to every environment: these are just some of the pieces in Ceramiche Bucci’s catalogue.
The decade-old experience of the founding partners allows them to offer prestigious dish sets to top restaurants, hotels and bars where the quality and design of products by Ceramiche Bucci will bring added value that will not go unnoticed. Indeed, many restaurateurs have already trusted the quality of our products, and their success is our best publicity. Every single item is a tribute to the skill and passion of talented craftsmen who, with constant commitment and great passion for their work, have been able to bring all the elegance and quality of the Made in Italy tradition to the world.
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