Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza


Calcagno for the over 40 category and Helene Kirkmair and Thomas Stollar, ex-aequo, for the under 40 category

Monday 11 May 2015

More than 1300 works, by 618 artists coming from 57 nations show a contemporary vision which includes, always more frequently, ceramics as creative means.

The Jury of the 59th Faenza prize composed of Claudia Casali, Director of MIC Faenza,  Monika Gass, Director of Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany; Grant Gibson, Director of the Crafts Council Magazine, Great Britain and Daniela Lotta, Art and Design historian, teacher ISIA in Faenza, faced serious difficulties in the selection of the works to award.

The Director Claudia Casali explains: “the selected works testify a various and complex reality, a result of different researches, training and careers, all of them of a very high level. As I underlined many times, today ceramics is living, at least in Italy, a favorable moment for the attention of the art critic and for the great innovations arising. That thanks to the generation of new energies and new possibilities of exhibitions linked do the complex system of the contemporary art”

The Jury awarded the prizes following the main criterion of the innovation, “new and original ceramic sculpture to express contemporary aesthetic and poetics”.

The President of the MIC comments: “we are honored of such a great participation of artists from all over the world to this Faenza Prize, they underline the international vocation of the Competition. I wish to thank the fundamental supporters to this event, in particular the fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna, main sponsor, the Emilia Romagna Region, the Fondazione Banca del Monte e Cassa di Risparmio di Faenza, the Banca di Romagna – Gruppo Cassa di Risparmio di Cesena and CERSAIE”.


The Jury awarded  the following prizes:


Faenza Prize over 40 supported by the Fondazione del Monte e Cassa di Risparmio di Faenza to the Italian artist Silvia Celeste Calcagno for  the work Interno 8 - La fleur coupée. Reason for the prize: the project represents a narration linked to a really current social and political dimension. The female figure has been portrayed through her fragilities and intimacy, she has been shown in counterposed situations which join images with a marked emotional perspective. The work manages very well the different contemporary languages as a performance, photography, sound and environmental installation. It gives a structure to a complex stratified narration, which becomes  concrete through a experimental research on ceramics, where a whole composition made up of 2000 little plaques exalts the single detail, in a wide ranging abstraction.


Faenza Prize under 40 supported by the Fondazione del Monte e Cassa di Risparmio di Faenza ex aequo to the artists Helene Kirchmair (Austria) for the work Bobbles, and Thomas Stollar (United States) for the work 1900 steps #2. Reason for the prizes:  Helene Kirchmair  analyzes the micro and macrocosm through a different way of working on the surfaces. It offers visual and tactile sensations really original that call to mind the organic and vegetal dimension, the invisible but real essence.

Thomas Stollar starts a process of relation with the places of his daily routine reaching the formalization, through a modeled-visual resolution, his life experience.


Cersaie Prize supported by Edi.Cer S.p.A., Sassuolo, to the British artist Nicholas Lees, for  the work Four Leaning Vessels. Reason for the prize: through his flawless technical perfection, the artist communicates a sensation of dematerialized  lightness which call to mind “trompe-l-oeil”  effects, which are dynamic and bright. The shape overcomes the archetypal of the vase and becomes motion, perception and intangible uncertainty.


Prize of Honor from the Presidency of the Senate of the Italian Republic to the Belgian artist Yves Malfliet, for the work “somewhere…over the mountain”.


Prize of Honor from the Presidency of the Chamber of the Deputies  to the artist from the Unites States Kathy Ruttenberg for the work  Lost at Sea.


Prize of the Presidency of the Emilia Romagna Region  to the Belgian artist Ann Van Hoey for the work  The Earthenware Ferrari.


Prize of the Presidency of the “Assemblea Legislativa” of Emilia Romagna region to the Italian artist  Chiara Lecca for the work Triptych of true fake marble.


Monica Biserni Prize devoted to a young artist, to the Ungarian artist  Simon Zsolt József for the work Spherical Atlas.


Prize in memory of Eleuterio Ignazi devoted to a young artist, to the artist from Switzerland Marie-Laure Gobat_Bouchat, with the work Ecorces Vives.



Prize of the Rotary Club in Faenza to Monika J. Schoedel-Mueller & Werner B. Nowka (Germany) for the work Blossoms and leaves - Blüten und Blätter



Prize of the Lions Club Faenza Host to the Turkish artist Omur Tokgoz, for the work  Relativity 2



Prize in memory of Valter Dal Pane, devoted to new talented artists, to the Italian artist Giulio Mannino for the work Sol 6272 Hz.



Medal of the review D’A, devoted to the youngest artist in the competition to the Russiam artist Irina Razumovskaya


Mention of Honor – gold medal of the International Museum of ceramics in Faenza for the important results obtained in her artistic career to the Finnish artist  Erna Aaltonen