What guided you in your decision?
I believe that we are all puppets. It’s up to us to feel the vibrations of the strings moved by the puppeteer. Since I’m Christian, I believe that the puppeteer is God. This is the only way that we can expect to best carry out our role in the grand theater of life. It’s up to us to decide if we want to be protagonists, or simply be part of the chorus.
The vibrations that I felt pushed me away from the family kiln, even though it will always have a special place in my heart. In fact, I would like to realize my biggest dream in that factory by transforming it into a center of Artisanal excellence where local artisans and artists can pass down their craft to anyone that is interested, especially to young people: crafts that, together with the natural beauty and innate hospitality of our community make Sorrento so special.
This is part of the reason why I collaborated with many other local artisans to create the Associazione Peninsulart, where we organized events and exhibits for this same purpose.
In 2000, a small workshop arrives. What does a workshop mean for you? What was your inspiration? I distinctly remember my grandfather’s workshop, but when I pass in front of yours, I see a man working amidst an exhibit space…
In 2000, I took another big step: I opened a workshop in the historic center of Sorrento. For years now, I open the door to this workshop daily and enter a world where I give life to crèches that depict Sorrento’s oldest traditions: costumes, farm houses, archeological sites, plants and rituals.
More than inspiration, I had my own idea of what a workshop should be. A creative place where artisans and artists could share ideas – a place where I could grow both professionally and as a person.
Today, in my shop window, you will find the masterpieces of my friends, masters from all over Italy that come to visit often to give live demonstrations of their craft.
Next time you pass by my shop window, look closely. If you take a few minutes to look, you won’t see a man at work, but a man having fun; this is what makes me happiest.