Italy’s ceramic tradition dates back to the 1300s, although it was during the Renaissance that the golden age of Italian majolica (tin-glazed painted pottery) emerged. Italian design and decorative arts experienced another golden age in the mid-twentieth century when an innovative generation developed a new spirit and vitality in art and design. It was during this era that Ivo, Mauro and Alberto – the future founders of Ceramiche I.M.A – developed their pottery skills and honed their craft. After building up 20 years experience, the three friends established their own practice in 1976 with the desire to create a new production and style.
Today, Ceramiche I.M.A. produces about 2000 different items ranging from small to large vases, jars, lamp bases, fruit bowls, planters, tables and much more. A small part of the production includes hand-painted reproductions of Renaissance-era majolica, while the majority is wholly original.
The ceramicists work with materials extracted from along the Arno river in Tuscany, and production begins with the purification of the clay to make it more malleable. Around 80 per cent of pieces are produced using the wheel and once dry, fired for 20 hours at 980 degrees once. They are then glazed and hand painted before being fired for a second time.
Pieces range in style and size to suit a variety of tastes and interior schemes. From white pottery with simple forms, clean lines and black painted details, to more tactile pieces with sculptural and textured patterning.
Ceramiche I.M.A is part of DOMO Homewares Collection, an in-house range of affordable accessories handpicked by the DOMO team. Every year the team travels to Italy, France and other countries in Europe and Asia to search for accessories that appeal to the Australian market and lifestyle. The high quality, elegant and out-of-the-ordinary design collection is regularly updated and constantly evolving as pieces are chosen based on classic and contemporary design trends.
DOMO specifically selects these pieces to add the finishing touch to any residential space. With click and collect, pieces can be viewed and purchased online and picked up at one of DOMO’s seven showrooms across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria within 7 to 14 days.