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Michele Fabbricatore Ceramics of Myth & Fantasy

January 31, 2022

The humour and fabulous characterisation in the work of Ceramist Michele Fabbricatore, are just two factors that made me want to feature this artist here today. Michele creates narrative snapshots in clay which somehow capture mood, drama and illustrative conversation in every ceramic form.

Michele was born in Florence in 1972, he presently lives and works in Pistoia, a small and ancient Tuscan city. Since childhood he has been passionate about drawing and sculpture. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in sculpture and subsequently attended courses in engraving and graphics at the international school “Il Bisonte” and the Armadillo Atelier in Florence. He also attended several workshops of the International School for Childhood Illustration in Sarmede (TV).

I contacted Michele to find out more.

How much does humour come into your work and why is it important to you ?

Irony is often found in my work for I find it is important to give happiness and lightness to people. I see art as a means to find resonance within “the best part of ourselves”

What are your earliest memories concerning drawing and working with clay ?

I come from a family where no one had ever put interest into art, I was the black sheep and started drawing and playing with pongo at the age of five. I had an inborn love for art and a natural predisposition for it. As I grew up I went through a family battle to be able to do the Arts Academy in Florence, which ended in them giving up in front of my determination. They later had to admit I was right.

Where did your idea to incorporate Fairy Tales and Folklore into your work originate ?

Myth and fables are often found in my work for they represent the archetypes, it is within them that man can see himself and his most intimate and deep aspirations reflected, together with his fears. It’s a way for him to look inside himself and get to know himself.

Where do you see your work going in the future ? Would you like to work in animation or create more books for example ?

In the future I would like to be able to create a school where I can transfer all my knowledge and love for this discipline. A place where one can regenerate and feel better than how he entered.

I see that you have always worked with illustration from an early age. Do you think that working with clay and creating your drawings in a 3D form, felt a very natural progression to make ?

Surely in my illustrated story books it is easy to recognize the characters of my ceramics and find my whole world. In respect to ceramics, drawing allows me to be more “abstract”, to be able to create new worlds and atmospheres which allow me at the same time to make new discoveries and regenerate.

What subject matter delights you to work with the most and which piece in particular has been your most fav to create and why ?

In this moment in time my favorite theme is the relationship between man, nature and the city. Maybe because it is tied to the contemporaneity and to what is happening. In fact, lately I have made an illustration which represents a little bit of the mirror of our society with its frenetic and unhealthy life, but, if searched for, one can find an intimate space to listen to oneself and create a place of interior peace.

You like to remake similar stories (like the prince and princess) multiple times. What drives you to retell those tales visually again and again and does the tale vary in your mind with each remake or retelling ?

Yes, some themes repeat themselves but my repetitions are not “to do the same thing” but the opportunity to better myself every time and find that perfection which has no end.

Watching this progression is my engine and gives my spirit the occasion to “keep searching” in art as in life. I hope it will never end!

Fabulouly inpirational work Michele, we hope your inspiration will never end too !

Thank you so much for joining my Fishink Blog contributors today. You can keep up to date with Michele’s work through his Instagram account here.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Joan Croce permalink
    January 31, 2022 9:49 am

    I enjoy all of the artists you post, but this artist is so extraordinary! Thanks for bring him to my attention..

  2. January 31, 2022 10:35 am

    Really interesting read, thank you both. I adore Michele’s illustrative style, so inspiring. Thank you for sharing ☺️

    • January 31, 2022 11:02 am

      Thanks Heather for your thoughts and for following my blog too : ) Happy week ahead

  3. HM from across the pond permalink
    January 31, 2022 2:38 pm

    Totally, totally love this work!!! Thanks for including an image of Michele actually making a piece. That really helped to visualize the scale of the work.

  4. Deirdre O'Sullivan from Australia permalink
    January 31, 2022 4:48 pm

    Such whimsical, wonderful work – I just adore his style! I thought it was fascinating to read about his family who did not understand or admire art at all. I had a similar experience growing up. It truly is a kind of torture for an artistic child to have unartistic parents. So glad he refused to give up his art under parental pressure, and he now nurtures and cherishes his great talent.
    Did you notice how all the men depicted in his sculptures look just like him? Hilarious and heart warming!

    • January 31, 2022 4:58 pm

      Perhaps (like many folk), he prefers to exist in a place other than the real world. If so, I for one understand completely 🙂

  5. Elaine permalink
    February 3, 2022 8:30 pm

    Thank you for introducing Michele’s work to me. It is just the kind of quirky art I love and is very similar to some pieces I already own bought many, many years ago from an artist called, if I remember correctly, Rio Martin, who I don’t think concentrates on ceramics anymore. Absolute joy to look at.

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