Maestro artisan Alessandro Taddei’s childhood memories of stories his mother used to read to him about Italy’s Santa Claus evolve on the Old St. Nick Multicultural Mug - Animal Hat. Embracing diversity, Alessandro’s whimsical designs resonate with various cultures as Old St. Nick travels around the world delivering gifts to children near and far.Product Dimensions: 4.5"H, 14 oz
Terra Bianca - A white earthenware clay that is often used for handpainted designs as it provides the ideal canvas for storytelling, allowing colors to truly come to life.
Tuscany: A region in central Italy, Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, craftsmanship, and influence on culture. The birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is often called the art palace of Italy, and many of the world's greatest works of art come from this region.
Alessandro Taddei: Alessandro was born in Empoli, Italy in 1960. He began his work in ceramics over 30 years ago, learning from local craftsmen throughout Tuscany while attending the Montelupo School for Ceramics. He has worked next to some of the best ceramic maestros in the world, learning the many secrets that are essential to mastering the art of ceramics. Throughout the years, Alessandro has had the opportunity to design for some of the best retailers and importers throughout the world, including VIETRI. He loves art, traveling, and photography, and has won a number of national awards for his paintings and photos. With ease and artistic passion, Alessandro makes the white clay surface his canvas.
INSPIRED BY ITALY
Our designs honor Italian craftsmanship
VIETRI artisans follow ancient practices - using simple materials to create forms that pulse with life. Rooted in this tradition, we use modern techniques to create new designs and products.