We are craftsmen, creative and/or traditional: potters, woodworkers, metalsmiths, weawers etc.
Usually we sell our wares at the market. We are individual workers, sometimes helped by a family member. We have no fixed workhours, we produce what is needed and what we can.
We try to recycle, reuse, to intervene on loose pieces of matter to transform them into orderly structures, to enrich them with a new aestethic and/or functional value.
We produce things with a rather comprehensible and useful function.
Some of us had a teacher, many are self-taught. Among us some teach. We have years of experience in our work, we know intimately the materials and tools that we employ.
Clay, wax, wood, metal, each of these materials calls for particular techniques and gives particular results: Whether a craftsman is working with gold or iron, silver wire or ivory we must recognize that only the most intimate familiarity with these materials can give the "feeling" of their requirements and limits, the feeling upon which these activities can flourish (Ernst H. Gombrich The sense of order).
Craftsmanship is by its nature a kind of diffused employment nourishing the local economy, replacing the fast and stiff power of industrial technology with a way of doing things that pays attention to particulars, that can adjust to different settings and can stop to consider what is being made.
Ezra Pound wrote: "It is a deeply stupid nation that which does not get from its artists and artisans the maximum of their best work. The artist is one of the few producers. He, the farmer and the artisan create riches; the rest does nothing but transform and use it."
The best way to learn a craft is in a direct, person-to-person situation; our studios are a sort of workshops-schools. In a 1996 interview, Renzo Piano says:"Quality can be taught if there is the workshop (bottega), if there is the initiation to the creative process (the rite of making things). Initiation opens the door to the possibility of grasping a technique, metabolize and forget it. And here is art, not in a divine or diabolical gift. You become an artist. The same education of character goes for the writer, the farmer and the confectioner. I have seen the sparkle in the eyes of people of every craft. Many don't hear the call because nobody helps them. There, we must teach to be free-minded. After we can teach why certain things are made, and how."