Deep in the Laga Mountains there is someone who thinks, creates and works with stone. Serafino Zilli is not just one of the last stonecutters left in these spellbinding mountains but also a philosopher and storyteller, a sculptor of sandstone and of thoughts. He spends his days in the workshop in front of his house accompanied by the “beat” of the chisel with its cadenced rhythm: you have to strike the stone more times than there are stars in the sky in order to produce a fireplace.
COST PER PERSON
18th May 2019
Frattoli di Crognaleto
SEATS AVAILABLE: 5
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: ITA
During this one-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to get to know the techniques and basic procedures of sandstone sculpture, by observing Serafino Zilli at work and under his guidance trying their hand at the different phases in the production of small bas-relief models , from the design to the different sculpting techniques and the various types of finishing.
The workshop will be introduced by Serafino Zilli himself, who will tell you about the origins of his passion for stone and his apprenticeship in the family, showing you the main utensils for carving that he uses in his workshop, the iconographic models to which he refers when conceiving the sculpted decorations and the various stages of the work to be done in order to produce a bas-relief.
At the end of the workshop all the participants will be able to take home their own bas-relief stone on which they worked during the day.
Serafino Zilli inherited the art of chiseling the pietra serena sandstone from the Monti della Laga from his grandfather Amedeo, who was apprenticed to Neapolitan stonecutters when they were working on the construction of the Palazzo di Giustizia (Palace of Justice) in Rome. He has always lived in Fràttoli, in the Monti di Laga, where he makes his stone sculptures in an outdoor workshop near his house. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and arts and crafts shows, and over the years he has made a great many sculptures, especially fireplaces, which now embellish kitchens in homes all over the mountain areas, or even further away in other parts of the region and beyond.