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Meet the masters: Richard Ginori

In the lead-up to Masterclass London on March 13, we will be shining the spotlight on the people behind the brand. Today, we spotlight Italian brand Richard Ginori

Masterclass London, a Luxury Living & Lewis Wark event, will be returning bigger and better for 2017, with an all-day event taking place on March 13, 2017. Taking place in central London at Henry Wood House, Lewis Wark will again host an intimate event showcasing the unique craftsmanship of some of the world's leading luxury brands, including Agresti, Marie Daage, Foglizzo, Forge de Laguiole, Jay Strongwater, Lalique, Moser, MacKenzie-Childs, Richard Ginori, Robbe & Berking and Villa.

In the lead up to Masterclass London we are shining the spotlight on the people behind the brand. The third spotlight is Richard Ginori, one of the world's oldest porcelain manufacturers.

Spotlight on Richard Ginori
In 1735, the Marquis Carlo Ginori, driven by an interest in the advent of European production of 'White Gold’ as porcelain was known at the time, founds his porcelain manufactory in the town of Doccia in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence in Tuscany. The Manufactory of Doccia, as it was originally known, remains on this site until 1955.

Marcello Bongini, Sculptor
Marcello Bongini was born in Calenzano, a little village near Florence, where he lives nowadays. In 1974, he joined the two-year vocational school within Richard Ginori. The first year was about learning the technique, while the second was focus to major in modelling department. After two years of vocational school he began working by pouring the slip into moulds to create covers of sugar bowls and cup handles. It was only after six years that he started in the modelling department by creating models and shapes for the manufacturing production. 

At the age of 34, he was named as the head of Modelling Department, a team of 22 artisans. And in 2009, Marcello also went on to become the head of Artistic Casting Department as well. Today he has been working at Richard Ginori for 43 years and he has met his wife within the company. Master Marcello is one of last few people who are at the company who attended Richard Ginori’s vocational school. He defines Richard Ginori his home for the significance the company had in his life.

During his career at Richard Ginori he has worked on various significant projects. He worked under important designers like Sergio Asti, Achille Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, Paola Navone and Alessandro Michele. Marcello contributed on the creation of new shapes such as Galatea and extension of historical shape Vecchio Ginori. He held showcases of his skills in Tokyo, in Paris, and in New York. Thanks to the dedication to the Manufacture, he discovered through the years the secret of master craftsman, Marcello is considered one of witness of Richard Ginori heritage and ambassador of Florentine artisanship.

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