Antonia Campi, Italian (1921 - )

Designer of artistic and industrial ceramics for the Società Ceramica Italiana of Laveno (Varese) and Richard Ginori of Mondovì (Cuneo). Partecipants: Luisa Bocchietto, Claudia De Giorgi, Anty Pansera, Rocco Curto, Paolo Mellano. Chaired by Barbara Franco.

Antonia Campi studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera with Francesco Messina. When still at the Academy she began working, first in a studio in Milan, then in Varese, making shapes which show her research for new expresive ways. The material Campi preferred was strong clay, worked on until it became smooth, often creating unexpectedly bored-through shapes, in order to go beyond the surface, this material was used in particular to do research on space that was popular a tt the beginning of the fifties. With courage and determination in 1947 she began as a worker at Societa Ceramica Italiana di Laveno, the famous SCI under the guidance of the director Guido Andlovitz who was soon aware of her skill and left her free to experiment.

Antonia Campi's originality in reninterpetating common objects, such and vases, cups and jubs, is unquestionable.

She used new shapes and unusal colors keeping mind the requirementsof industrial production, in both small and large series. Her position within the company immediately became important. In 1962, then, she succeeded aNdlovitz in the direction of the company. In 1957 seh abanded the sectors of "ARticoli fantasia," the Serie Limitata and Pezzi Unici to seriously begin planning bathroom appliances for Richard Ginori that in 1957 hd acquired the Verbano company. In 1971 she replace Giovanni Gariboldi, the director of the Milan company, and was in charge of the design of the entire production.

The first series of bathroom accessories. Torena was produced in 1958, followed by Cervino (1960) and then many other successful pieces, until Ipsilon in 1970 and Square in 1976. During the various changes of those difficult decades, Antonia Campi kept her prominent postiion as manager of Richard Ginori from 1966 to 1971 and as a consultant later, until the end of 1978, when the company merged with Pozzi. Antonia Campi's designing turned to other fields, too, suc as taps and fittings, which complete the bathroon are. Over the year she also use dmetal and glass in ever rigorous design' she is still active today and continues to produce objects in the constant research of new expressive shapes.

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