Education

Master Craftsman in Ceramics, Scuola Statale - Ceramica della Robbia, Florence, Italy
Advanced Study, Alfred University and Carnegie Mellon University

Experience

Ceramist in Residence, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Instructor, The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
Instructor, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Allentown, PA

Select Exhibitions
2002 - “Work of Lehigh Valley Area College Professors”, Group Exhibition, Lafayette College,
Easton, PA, January
2002 - “Eugenio Taccini and Renzo Faggioli”, Two-Person Exhibition, The Baum School of
Art, Allentown, PA, November
2001 - Solo Exhibition, Hoopla Gallery, Bethlehem, PA, October
2001 - “Renzo Faggioli: Ceramics” , Solo Exhibition, The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
2000 - “Juried Ceramics Festival”, Signa, Florence, Italy
1999 - Group Show, Malley Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL
1999 - Group Show, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

Teaching Philosophy

In my work, I try to transcend the purely utilitarian and demonstrate characteristics of sculptural and tactile elegance.  The pieces are primarily done through raku firing.  In past work, I have explored the human figure, using the model as well as figurative works from throughout history as reference material.  At this point, the work has evolved into birth forms such as the egg and the piece of fruit.  My influences range from Etruscan terracotta works from my native Tuscany, the works of Donatello, Della Robbia and other Renaissance masters, to modern masters such as Marino Marini.  Matisse’s famous relief series of “Backs” has also provided me inspiration in incorporating the human figure at various stages of abstraction.”

 

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