Ceramic beauty by Guido Andlovitz

Trieste-born Guido Andlovitz (1900-1971) belonged – with Gio Ponti – to a generation of Italian artists who between the 1920s and 1930s began expressing their creativity through ceramics, taking the chance to customize mass-made products with their style.

With a diploma from Brera’s Fine Arts Academy and a degree in architecture from Milan’s Polytechnic, in 1923 Andlovitz was hired by Società Ceramica Italiana and became its art director in 1927. The company was based in Laveno, Lombardy, and had been founded in 1856 by former Richard employees; it was incorporated into Richard-Ginori over a century later.

Andlovitz worked with Società Ceramica Italiana until the 1960s. Also thanks to a virtuous and positive competition with Gio Ponti, who worked for Richard-Ginori, he created pieces first inspired by French and German models, then by 18th-century Lombard tradition, and finally completely original and innovative designs.

Here is a small selection of his works.

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Vase for Società Ceramica Italiana in Laveno, ca. 1930

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Vase for Società Ceramica Italiana in Laveno, ca. 1930

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Vase for Società Ceramica Italiana in Laveno, ca. 1930, detail

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Vase for Laveno, ca. 1930, detail

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

"Monza 68" vase for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, early 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

"Monza 68" vase for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, early 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Hexagonal potiche, ca. 1925

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Large vase for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1927

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Vase for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, late 1920s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Plate for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Plate for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Plate for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Plate for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Plate for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, early 1930s

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Vase for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1930

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

"Monza 98" vase for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1927

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Cist for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, 1930

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

Powder box for Società Ceramica Italiana, Laveno, ca. 1930

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

"Colonna" vase, presented at Milan's 9th Triennale in 1951

Guido Andlovitz, Società Ceramica Italiana di Laveno

"Gemelli" vase, presented at Milan's 10th Triennale in 1954

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