of Modern Ceramics
Casa Mazzotti, Tullio's house-cum-workshop-cum-showroom in Albissola Marina, currently headquarters of the Ceramiche Mazzotti, firm, was the emblem of his catalysing temperament, which gave birth to a flourishing artistic period and ranged from Futurism until the fifties and sixties. The house became a meeting place for several protagonists of innovative movements, such as Enrico Prampolini, Fortunato Depero, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Nicolaj Diulgheroff, Arturo Martini, Fillia, Farfa, Bruno Munari, Agenore Fabbri, Lucio Fontana, Enrico Baj, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, Piero Manzoni, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Corneille and many others.
Tullio d'Albisola and his Correspondence
Since 1981 four volumes entitled "Quaderni di Tullio d'Albisola" by Danilo Presotto, have been published. They collect the prolific correspondence between Tullio and the personalities who came into his life. These letters are preserved in Tullio d'Albisola's document archive, guarded by Tullio Mazzotti's heirs.
- The first volume contains Fillia's letters to Tullio d'Albisola from 1929 to 1935.
- The second volume publishes letters by Edoardo Alfieri, Lino Berzoini, Nicolaj Diulgheroff, Escodamè, Italo Lorio, Tina Mennyey, Bruno Munari, Pippo Oriani, Ugo Pozzo, Mino Rosso, Paolo Alcide Saladin, Nino Strada, Felice Vellani and G. Giambattistelli, from 1928 to 1939.
- The third contains letters by Tullio Crali, Valentino Danieli, Fortunato Depero, Dino Gambetti, Alf Gaudenzi, Antonio Marasco, Benedetta Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Pino Masnata, Marisa Mori, Vittorio Orazi, Giacomo Picollo, Enrico Prampolini, Bruno Sanzin, Mino Somenzi, Tato, Ernesto Thayaht and Ruggero Vasari, from 1929 to 1939.
- The fourth "quaderno" contains letters by Lucio Fontana to Tullio d'Albisola from 1936 to 1962.
Tullio Mazzotti, the Ceramologist
As an experienced ceramist, Tullio Mazzotti was art critic and expert ceramologist. He wrote essays on Ligurian and Albissola ceramic tradition, including:
- "La Ceramica Popolare Ligure" (Milione Ed.), which deals with artisanal ceramic folk traditions;
- "Ceramiche Omaggio a N.S. di Misericordia" (Sabatelli Ed.), on the ceramics dedicated to the apparition of Our Lady of Mercy;
- small ceramic anthologies with poems and profiles of the cited authors, including: Aligi Sassu, Giacomo Manzù, Emilio Scanavino, Asger Jorn, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Karel Appel and others.
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Fillia and Tullio d'Albisola, 1932.
1937. Bruno Munari and Tullio d'Albisola in front of Casa Mazzotti.
October 1951. Lucio Fontana, Tullio d'Albisola and Agenore Fabbri.
Presotto, D. (1987). Liguria (Ed.), Quaderni di Tullio d'Albisola: Vol. 4.
Tullio d'Albisola (1964). Del Milione (Ed.), “Saggio sulla ceramica popolare ligure” (Essay on Ligurian folk pottery).