Manufacturing Processes

01. Inspiration

Tuscan landscape is certainly the first source of inspiration; it has always been Riccardo's Muse, able to encourage his artistic talents. Even today when we plan to design new patterns, we get inspired from Nature.

02. Research

Behind each composition there's a long work in selecting the materiale followed by a fine tuning of the arrangements which will be then "suspended" inside the objects.

03. Craftmanship

Modelling, moulding, pouring, drying, smoothing, polishing: these are all the handmade required processes to create a piece.

But how does Riccardo Marzi's piece is made?

The processing is divided into different phases, all equally crucial and indispensable.

Each items has its own mould (male/female) where first we arrange the decoration (leaf by leaf, flower by flower), then we close it and we pour the resin inside through a hole on top of the mould.
It takes 12 hours (one night) for the resin to dry; the day after we pull the item out of the mould (in this phase the item looks very opaque and rough); during the second phase, which is very important, all small imperfections, such as air bubbles, dimples and other defects, are eliminated.
The third stage is the smoothing step: we use sandpaper to smooth the object surface and to get it readt for being polished: Polishing is the last step: each items is polished twice to reach at the best its transparency and brightness. We use a foodsafe finishing so our object can get in contact with food.
After a last check, now the product is ready to be boxed inside a single carton box and then stored. 
Being a complete hand made process each item is a unique piece: though we take special care during the different manufacturing steps, occasional small imperfections in the product, should be considered as proof of being a unique handmade object.

  • Step 1: raw material

    Step 1: raw material

  • Step 1: raw material

    Step 1: raw material

  • Step 2: decoration arrangement

    Step 2: decoration arrangement

  • Step 2: decoration arrangement

    Step 2: decoration arrangement

  • Phase 3: pouring of resin

    Phase 3: pouring of resin

  • Phase 4: item pulled out the mould

    Phase 4: item pulled out the mould

  • Step 5: smoothing

    Step 5: smoothing

  • Step 5: smoothing

    Step 5: smoothing

  • Step 6: polishing

    Step 6: polishing

  • Step 6: polishing

    Step 6: polishing

  • Step 7: finishing and flaw checking

    Step 7: finishing and flaw checking

  • Step 8: storage

    Step 8: storage

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