This work was made in honour of the Palio di Siena, an ancient race that is held twice a year in Siena, Italy and has been for over five hundred years.
Siena is in the famous Chiantishire, of Tuscany. Ten of the seventeen districts of the city of Siena compete in the race in the beautiful medieval square.
Giuseppe Facchinello created these horses for an exhibition of terracotta horses during one of these events.
Giuseppe Facchinello has had his destiny foretold by being born into a family of potters and painters and being brought up among the clay working and firing equipment in his parents’ factory in Nove.
Despite his attempts to fashion an independent career, he was drawn inextricably to ceramic art through sharing his mother’s painting skills and joy and by living with the demands and workings of the factory. His destiny may now be to become known across the seas as an inspired artist of pottery from a heart of its traditions.
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The town of Nove is near the heart of Grappa country, with Montegrappa crowning the landscape to the north. The name, Nove, comes apparently from the old Italian for ‘new’ deriving from the Latin Novus, not from 'nine' as in modern Italian. The lands where the town is located used to be part of the Brenta river,but as it receded, the soft lands that were exposed were found to be rich in clay. In Nove artisans are re-emerging in pottery and wine as well as jewellery, and their works can be admired in galleries, bars and restaurants around town.