Italo Bosa, along with his family and artistic collaborators, began producing ceramics over 30 years ago in Borso del Grappa, a small village in northern Italy between Bassano and Asolo. Bosa Ceramics epitomizes the artisan craft tradition, from their use of the finest materials, to their emphasis on research and experimentation, attention to detail and personal relationships with clients. Throughout their history Bosa has developed new processes and techniques that have expanded the range of what’s possible and improvable in contemporary ceramics.
Bosa products are handmade by experienced artisans who don’t stray far from ancient clay-working traditions. Improvements in mold materials, even-heating technologies and glazes allow Bosa to protect the integrity of their designs and create works of unprecedented quality and beauty.
Bosa has become a premier international ceramics brand because of its complementary faithfulness to tradition and research-driven innovation.
Although they export to over 50 countries worldwide, Bosa doesn’t produce commercially. Their client list has grown consistently thanks to their commitment to tradition, results standards and unique aesthetic. For more than 20 years Bosa has collaborated with international designers, brands and manufactures across industries. Design partners include: Marco Zanuso Jr., Palomba-Serafini, Satyendra Pakhalé, Patricia Urquiola, Marco Morosini, Sam Baron, Luca Nichetto, and Jaime Hayon. Bosa has also worked with: Minotti, Moroso, B&B Italia, Metalarte, Ligne Roset, Artquitect, Ferrari, Escada and DeBeers.
Numerous design magazines, Italian and foreign, have featured Bosa designs over the years, a continuing testament to their value and topicality.
Chalk molds are used to shape pieces, which are then cleaned and retouched by hand. Once imperfections have been corrected, a dried piece is placed carefully into an oven – if it touches another piece at this stage the two could fuse together irreversibly.
Bosa uses custom glazes, developed exclusively for them, which are applied after the first firing by immersing the ceramics in liquid baths. Some of Bosa’s glazes produce unique variations: an iridescent sheen, dynamic color gradations or the appearance of fading. These effects are the result of years of research and testing and ensure that each piece is one of a kind. Some pieces are decorated with paint or precious metals and are fired an additional time so that the metal bonds with the glaze. All of these aesthetic details are applied by hand using paintbrushes and specialized tools.
The final cooking temperature is 720 degrees Celsius, guaranteeing structural integrity and durability. After cooling, pieces are cleaned gently with nonabrasive cloths and prepared for shipping.