Felicity Aylieff has a studio in Jingdezhen, China, and teaches at the Royal College of Art, London. She is known for her large scale blue and white painted, porcelain vessels (often 3 mtrs in ht) and also her richly patterned and coloured 'Fencai' enamels works. She is one of 3 partners, who together form RedHouse ceramic design, in China, undertaking design work, commissions and unique art works.
She has continued to have major exhibitions throughout her career, and is currently represented by Adrian Sassoon, Contemporary. Her ceramics is held by a number of collections and museums internationally, including the V&A, London, Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA, The Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth House and York Art Gallery.
Laura Borghi. The eclectic nature of Officine Saffi mirrors Laura Borghi’s own professional career. After completing her studies in scientific fields and subsequently specializing in graphic design and illustration, she became interested in ceramics, attending courses and workshops led by important figures both from Italy and abroad. She soon decided that her mission would be to make what she had learned available to the general public by means of publishing projects.
The result was Officine Saffi, launched seven years ago, a unique structure in Italy, founded in order to enhance the ceramic arts by means of an architectural setting, Officine Saffi, which comprises art facilities, workshops, seminars and publishing projects. As well as the Gallery, whose objective is to promote ceramics in their most highly developed and sophisticated form, the structure includes the OS Lab for workshops and seminars held by important artists, and La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo, a cosmopolitan magazine providing information on both traditional and contemporary ceramics, and more in general on art in all its forms and expressions.
Flaminio Gualdoni. From 1980 he has been teaching history of art at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Miilan.
From 1988 to 1994, he was director of the Civic Gallery of Modena, from 1995 to 1999 of the Civic Museums of Varese, and from 2005 to 2006 of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation, Milan.
He was commissioner for the 44th Venice Biennale.
He has curated many public exhibition, including shows dedicated to Osvaldo Licini, Gastone Novelli, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Salvatore Scarpitta, Mario Mafai, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Enzo Cucchi, Urs Lüthi, Jaume Plensa, George Grosz, Piero Manzoni, Marino Marini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giacomo Manzù, Massimo Campigli, Nanni Valentini, Leonardo Cremonini, André Villers, Carlo Zauli, Antoni Tàpies, and Meret Oppenheim.
From 1985 to 2011 he was a contributor to the cultural section of the daily newspaper “Corriere della Sera.” From 2006 he has written the column “Il criptico d’arte” (The art cryptic) in “Il Giornale dell’arte”.
From 2005 to 2009 he edited the magazine “FMR” and in 2007 he founded “La rivista bianca FMR”. He has been a contributor with arts columns for the publications “Il Giorno”, “La Domenica del Corriere”, “Italia Oggi”, “Gente”, and the radio programmes RAI Radio 2 and RAI Radio 3. He received the "Venice Communications Prize" at the 6th Cultural Heritage and Activities show, Venice, for the programme “Appunti di volo” (Flight notes) broadcast on RAI Radio 3 in 2002.
Tom Morris is a London-based editor and consultant specialising in design, interiors and architecture. He writes for The FT Weekend, CNN Style, Departures and Architectural Digest and is contributing editor at Monocle. His third book, New Wave Clay, will be published in April 2018. He will also serve on the jury of the Biennale Interieur Awards 2018. Previously, Tom was design editor at Monocle, overseeing all design and style content across print and digital platforms. He was the host of over 100 episodes of the weekly Section D podcast and edited The Monocle Guide To Cosy Homes. Before that, he was editor of custom content projects at agency Winkreative, working with clients such as Louis Vuitton, Lexus and Hermès. Tom graduated from UCL with a degree in history of art and started his editorial career in the art world working for ArtReview magazine and the Serpentine Gallery. He lives in the Barbican, which he has written about frequently, is an amateur potter, which he talks about frequently, and also writes fiction.
ISABELLE NAEF GALUBA
Isabelle Naef Galuba is the director of the Ariana Museum, Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass since 2010. She was appointed by the Geneva City Administration Council following the granting of powers to the institution. She acheived a master's degree in art with specialization in ceramics and with several specialized degree courses in management. The museum guarantees the conservation of a cultural, artistic, historical and industrial heritage, studies its collections and disseminates its knowledge, positions itself as a vector of social integration and "Living together", as an instrument of artistic and historical education, as a place of interest and tourist attraction and as a place of welcome and pleasure for the public.
Elisa Ossino is originally from Lentini (province of Syracuse, Italy), but Milanese adopted from the time of the Faculty of Architecture attended at the Polytechnic. Architect, interior designer and stylist, she leads an eclectic design studio that deals with art direction, design and image consulting for the main design companies.
Creating for each one a very personal story, Elisa draws and mixes different realities: design, art, architecture, photography and fashion, but the list could easily be enlarged.
Ranti Tjan is the Director of the European Ceramic Work Centre (.ekwc), artist-in-residence centre and centre of excellence. Born in The Hague, the Netherlands. He initially worked at art institutions such as the municipal museum of Utrecht (Director of Exhibitions) and Gouda (Director). Tjan organised dozens of solo and group exhibitions. Although he specialises in contemporary art he has also put on exhibitions of design, 17th and 19th-century paintings, fashion and urban history. Tjan has collaborated with artists like Pipilotti Rist, Tiong Ang, Carsten Holler, Cai Quo Ciang and John Kormeling. He has focused entirely on contemporary ceramics after being appointed director of the European Ceramic Workcentre in 2010. Tjan functioned as board or jury member of the Ceramic Biennales of France, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, England, Belgium.
Matteo Zauli alongside his father Carlo Zauli, in the management of the sculpture studio. He began organizing cultural events starting from '96. In 2000 he graduated from the Cultural Management Course at the Fitzcarraldo Foundation of Turin. In 2002 he transformed his father's studio into the Carlo Zauli Museum, a cultural center housing selected works and open to contemporary experiences, recreating, with current instruments, the vitality and the encounter that had characterized the atmosphere since 1949. He realizes Zauli's traveling exhibitions in Japan, Italy and the USA. In 2003 he inaugurated the MCZ Artist Residence through which he then collaborates with prestigious artists, including Garutti, Marisaldi, Mercier, Peinado, Silver, Xhafa, Trevisani. In 2009 he is the creator and co-founder of District A - Faenza Art District. Since 2003 he has lectured on the topic of cultural management and his own experience, touching locations such as the University of Bologna, the Fitzcarraldo Foundation of Turin, the Museum of Modern Art of Trento and Rovereto, the Trento School of Management, the Emilia Romagna Region , Confindustria, Espacio Ceramico of Gjon, the IUAV of Venice, the Flash Art School of Milan, the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. Since 2014 he is a professor in the Advanced Training Course Project management applied to artistic and cultural project, Emilia Romagna Region, Bologna.