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.
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.
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.