Open to Art

Officine Saffi is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2018 Open to Art ceramic award. The biennial competition aims to recognize the importance of ceramics in contemporary culture, art and design.

The finalists have been selected amongst 400 candidates over 45 nationalities by a jury comprised of Felicity Aylieff (artist, Head of programme Royal College of Arts, London), Laura Borghi (Officine Saffi), Flaminio Gualdoni (journalist, art critic and professor at Brera Academy of Fine Arts), Tom Morris (editor and consultant specialized in design, interiors and architecture), Isabelle Naef Galuba (director of Ariana Museum), Elisa Ossino (architect, stylist), Ranti Tjan (director of EKWC) and Matteo Zauli (curator, director of Carlo Zauli Museum).

"We are very impressed by the quality of the proposed works, many of them by young artists. It’s a demonstration of a renewed interest in ceramics" says Laura Borghi, initiator and promoter of the Award.

The winners will be announced during the finalists exhibition, which will take place at Officine Saffi from March to April, 2019. The show will be open during the Milan Design Week (9-14 April 2019) in order to get a strong international exposure.


Art Section:
Salvatore Arancio (IT), Giulia Bonora (IT), Roger Coll (ES), Tommaso Corvi Mora (IT), Yewen Dong (PRC), Sophie Mirra Grandjean (CH), Joe Isanako (JP), Cecil Kemperink (NL), Virginia Leonard (NZ), Claire Lindner (FR), Linda Lopez (USA), Claire Mayet (FR), Jongjin Park (KR), Sarah Pschorn (DE), Irina Razumovskaya (RU), Andrea Sala (IT), Priyanka Sharma (IN), John Shea (USA), Alice Walton (UK)

Design Section:
Mar De Dios (ES), Romina Gris Ormo (ES), Yves Perrella (IT), Claudio Pulicati (IT), Aliki van der Kruijs (NL)


Officine Saffi will award 2 First Prizes of 5000 euro, one for each of the two categories: Art and Design.

In addition, 6 Artist in Residence awards in collaboration with Sundaymorning@ekwc (NL), International Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard (DK), Carlo Zauli Museum (IT), International Ceramic Art Festival in Sasama (JP), Amfora together with Seinäjoki city (FI), Ceramic Museum of Mondovì (IT).

The award is supported by:

Ariana, Swiss Museum for ceramics and glass, Geneva, Switzerland
Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy
Ceramic Museum of Mondovì, Italy
Sundaymorning@ekwc, The Netherlands
International Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard
Amfora and Seinäjoki city, Finland

With the Patronage of International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza