THE CLAY OF IMPRUNETA
The craft of the “Fornacino”, potter.
The production of jars, wine jars, amphorae, bricks and tiles in clay is a tradition that spans millennia in this area of Tuscany, where from time immemorial the craft of the Potter is handed down from generation to generation. Massimo Carbone was trained from an early age in one of the historical kilns of Impruneta, patiently absorbing, “with his eyes”, the techniques of the trade but also and especially a calibre of mind that allows him to love the work and to work well beyond mere commercial interests. Precisely from this rare old passion the works of Massimo are born, because the creation of jars for vinification is for him one and the same as life itself. Massimo always repeats that all of his works are born from him and are for him nothing less than his own children who need continuous care in every phase of life. A thought that constantly accompanies him: how will my amphorae get on?
Clay is alive and it is life. These articles, far from being simple pieces of inert clay, reveal themselves instead to the attentive eye as being very alive: they change, they undergo criticalities, they heal, they forgive and find their balance, thus requiring constant care.
Day after day this profession merges with life and so today is a fundamental part of Massimo’s life: every amphora, every jar is a unique work of art and his jars, wherever they live, will remain forever “his” Jars.
EARTH, WATER, AIR AND FIRE.
"To create is likewise to give a shape to one’s destiny." (Albert Camus)