ANTONIA CAMPI

Sondrio - ITALY, 1921

Antonia Campi graduated in sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, as a student of Francesco Messina.
She is one of the few great women protagonists in the history of 20th century Italian ceramics.
In 1947, she opened an art studio with her friend Amalia Carnevali and decided to dedicate herself to the high-temperature firing of ceramics.
In 1948, after gaining some artistic experience, she was taken on as draughtswoman at the "S.C.I." of Laveno and, shortly after, singled out by the director, Guido Andlovitz, for her abilities, she became a part of the Artistic Department, with the task of designing objects for the "Fantasia" series.
Between the '40s and the '50s, she designed over 300 articles, multiples, limited editions and a few one-off pieces.
In 1949, she took part in the International Ceramics Competition of Faenza, in the "Trophy as centre-piece for a Table" section.
She exhibited a big abstract panel, placed at the entrance of the Grand Staircase, at the 9th Triennale of Milan in 1951, proving herself as among the greatest European exponents of free form in ceramics.
At the beginning of the Sixties, she became the artistic director of the "S.C.I." as successor to Guido Andlovitz.
After 1965, she began her working relationship with the well-known ceramics manufactory and in 1971, took over the post of artistic director from Giovanni Gariboldi.

In 1976, she took part in the exhibition "Italian design in the Fifties".
In 1983, she presented some of her creations at the "Design since 1945" show set up at the Museum of Art of Philadelphia.
She ended her career as a ceramicist at the beginning of the Eighties and in the following years, she gave herself over entirely to painting, up to the middle of the Nineties, when she produced a series of one-off pieces in micro-porcelain.
In the Nineties, she exhibited her productions in New York, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Tokyo.
In 1998, she received the International Ceramic Design Award of Laveno Mombello, who organised an important retrospective for her.
Her ceramics are exhibited at the MoMa of New York, at the Staatliches Museum of Munich, at the Museum of Modern Art of Philadelphia, at the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, at the MIC of Faenza and at the Museum of Ceramics of Cerro of Laveno.