Art, Craft & Design

da Volterra – into the world

da Volterra Werkstatt, brought to life in March 2014 by Dirk Oelbermann and Klaudia Ruschkowski, aims at emphasizing the local resources building on the cultural wealth of the territory of Volterra and on its creative potential for the benefit of stimulating new works in interaction of art, craft and design.

The Collection 2014 / 2015, first presented in October 2014 in the beautiful Teatro Persio Flacco of Volterra and afterwards in the Fortress of Montepulciano, comprises sculptures, jewelry, objects of daily use and furnishings, designed or rather created on site by internationally renowned artists, craftsmen and designers, joined by the passion for Volterra and the Tuscan region.

They principally relied on materials in which Volterranean and Tuscan traditions are rooted, first of all precious metals, stone, wood, terracotta, ceramics and, of course, alabaster. In manufacturing da Volterra Werkstatt collaborates closely with premises based in Tuscany, like laboratories and craftsmen’s establishments.

By bridging the polarity of tradition and contemporary trends, getting inspiration also from the vitality, the thematic richness and the design vocabulary of the Etruscans which has marked the magnificent history of Volterra, the objects surprise by the inherent creative idea, by beauty of material and form. They are directly available through this website and, from April 2015 on, in the shop created by Artex in Florence.

The label da Volterra Werkstatt stands for objects of quality designed as unique works or as limited editions, signed by the artist. They are created especially for people with esprit and tastes who appreciate particular things. Each autumn, a new collection will be presented to the public. The circle of artists, craftsmen and designers will be continuously expanded to give new and multi-variant creative impulses.


Volterra – town of wind and rocks

“Isabella”, wrote D’Annunzio in Forse che sì forse che no, “maybe in that hour travelled to Volterra, passing the Crete of the Valdera, passing the barren Biancane; behind a cretaceous hill suddenly appeared on the ridge of the mountain, as if situated on the edge of one of Dante’s circles, the strung-out silhouette of walls and towers, the town of wind and rocks.”

Since the 7th century BC Volterra, known to the Etruscans as “Velàthri”, became one of the most important places of the Etruscan League of Twelve Cities. Located on the back of a 555 meter high mountain, between the valleys of the rivers Cecina and Era, it overlooks a spectacular landscape: northbound all the way to the Apian Alps, passing Pisa, in the distance the marble quarries of Carrara, in the east nearly reaching the Chianti region, in the west looking onto the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the mountain range of Corsica at the horizon, and in the south to the “Colline metallifere”. Here, in the ‘metalliferous hills’, copper and silver were already mined by the Etruscans. Now the area is famous for its local alabaster. The Guarnacci Museum of Volterra exhibits a fine collection of Etruscan antiquities, some of which are the most important in existence today: objects of daily use, cinerary urns, sculptures and pieces of jewellery, from the Neolithic to the Roman Age.

Volterra is as resistant as renitent. Its wider expanse down the mountain was mainly obstructed by the loamy soil and by centuries-long erosions. Therefore, owed to geological conditions, Volterra has always been referred to itself and to its history. There are marvellous Etruscan and Roman relics while the structure of the Medieval City is completely preserved. Rooted in its Etruscan origins, Volterra is one of the most independent and cultural impressive places in Tuscany, an “inland island”, wrote D. H. Lawrence, “that gets all the wind and sees all the world.”

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