The two sides of a coin
Alabaster craftsmanship is a traditional
craft typical and exclusive to the historical city of
Volterra set in the heart of Tuscany. The art of carving
alabaster began during the Etruscan Era. The extraordinary
skill and creativity of this mysterious civilisation
has been handed down through the centuries.
Alabaster is a soft, fragile stone that ultimately needs the versatile
hand of an expert craftsman to bestow the form, vitality
and shape. The workshops, forever clouded in a cloudy
hue, are havens of artistic inspiration and creation.
Each individual artisan express his own inventiveness,
originality and uniqueness through his long laboured,
intricate work which is also expression of this town
Alabaster has a magical aura, for it can be
transformed into almost any shape or form. Its fragility
is as translucent as glass and just as delicate and
ages as a living entity. The light and soft hues mutate
according to where and how the stone is placed. The
clear translucent quality of Scaglione and the golden
luminosity of Agate gradually become more intense and
warmer as time goes by. Finding an equilibrium between
form and shape, fluidity and solidity, translucent and
opaque is not a simple task.