Sofa 2013


31 October - 2 November 2013

Officine Saffi is taking part in the 20th edition of SOFA CHICAGO, the most famous fair for sculpture and art & design objects, attracting galleries from all over the world.

Volantino Concorso Open To Art A5 Orizzontale 2 1


Call for entries

Applications are invited for Open to Art, the International Contemporary Art and Design Ceramics Competition promoted by Officine Saffi with the objective of enhancing and encouraging the use of ceramics in contemporary art, design and furnishing, therefore providing a privileged viewpoint of contemporary aesthetics and visual innovation.


Open to Art is a competition open to artists of any age; there are no limitations as regards theme. The only condition is that ceramics should be the principal material used in the work.

Ceramics is the medium that underpins all Officine Saffi Group’s activities; the Group’s cultural objective is to promote this material in all its forms. The Group comprises the Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, the OS Lab workshop, and the magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo.

The competition Open to Art is organized as a fundamental part of the Officine Saffi Group’s mission.

Artists can take part in two areas, Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics. Fundamental criteria of selection will be the quality, research, originality and contemporary relevance of the work.

From the start, Open to Art has been planned to have a broad approach, with a Jury including prominent personalities in the national and international field.

The total prize money is 10,000 euro, which will be divided into two first prizes of 5,000 euro, one for each section. In addition, an artist’s residency has been offered by the Carlo Zauli Museum in Faenza, which will give the entrant who wins the special commendation the chance of working alongside an artist invited by the Zauli Museum. There will be a special prize for young artists. The historic ceramics works Manifattura Bitossi will select an artist under the age of 30 who will be given the opportunity of an internship at the company.

The finalists’ works will be exhibited at the Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery in a show that will open on 2 April 2014, on occasion of the art fair MiArt and the International Furniture Show.

Agreements with other companies such as Banca Euromobiliare and Open Care give participants important points of contact with the contemporary market.


Competition: Open to Art, International Competition for Art and Design Ceramics
Entries invited from: 10 August 2013 Deadline: 10 December 2013
Venue: Via Aurelio Saffi 7, Milan
Tel. +39 02 36 68 56 96

Officine Saffi Premio Faenza 08

CLOSING EVENT in the winners’ exhibition, 58th FAENZA PRIZE

16 October-16 November 2013

Towards the end of this exhibition dedicated to the prize-winning artists in the 58th Faenza Prize, Officine Saffi invites the public to a “Finissage” or closing event, on Thursday 14 November 2013 from 6.30 p.m. The evening includes a special event on the theme “Ceramics and Contemporary Art: Painting &/or Sculpture &/or Video” (7.00 p.m.).

Claudia Casali, director of MIC, International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, will meet three of the prize-winning artists in the 2013 edition: Paivi Ritaniemi, winner of the Over 40 section, Ljubica Jocić Knežević, winner of the Cersaie Prize, and Silvia Celeste Calcagno, who won the Plaque of the President of the Republic.


Works in ceramic are now considered as sculpture in their own right. The dichotomy between fine arts and applied arts, or even crafts, has been superseded,” said Claudia Casali, director of MIC, International Ceramics Museum, Faenza. “The works shown in this event are a fine example, considering their broad scope, their carefully-designed complexity, iconographical research, and their artistic inspiration.”
Contemporary art includes the various ceramic techniques, which comprise traditional materials that are also used in industrial applications, in addition to video and photography, which make ceramics more dynamic and up-to-date.

These considerations are well illustrated by the work of the three artists who won awards in the 58th Faenza Prize. Finnish artist Paivi Ritaniemi was inspired by the primordial form of the container, using which she developed a combination of fragility and strength, form and chaos. Serbian artist Ljubica Jocić Knežević created an original interpretation, using specific techniques, of the traditional tile format, creating an attractive, sophisticated work. Silvia Celeste Calcagno develops themes such as femininity, the body, and the evanescent nature of life. The artist creates installations in which photography, video and ceramic arts are involved in a continuous, unlimited interchange.”

The exhibition at the Officine Saffi Gallery presents works by Paivi Ritaniemi (Over 40 Prize); Nero/Alessandro Neretti (Under 40 Prize), Ljubica Jocić Knežević (Cersaie Prize), Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Chiara Camoni, Stela Ivanova, Liv Brita Malnes, Graciela Olio, Zhao PingPing, Paolo Polloniato, Sophie Ronse, and Mattia Vernocchi.

The group of works provides an interesting cross-section of international contemporary ceramics.

The show represents a voyage for the exploration of artistic approaches and languages as utilized by practitioners today, who are increasingly working on topical, social and anthropological themes, with their interpretations in ceramics and using installation techniques.

The exhibition period will be extended to Saturday 16 November 2013.

Further information:

Exhibition: Officine Saffi hosts the 58th Faenza Prize
Dates: 16 October-16 November 2013
Closing event: 14 November 2013, 6.30 p.m.
Conversation: 14 November 2013, 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, Via Aurelio Saffi 7, Milan.
Tel. +39 02 36 68 56 96
Opening times: from Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m.–6.30 p.m.
Saturday: 11.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.