Oma – Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte
(Institute for the Protection of Arts and Crafts )
The Institute OmA was founded in 2001 by the Cassa di Risparmio Bank of Florence with the objective to promote the arts and crafts sector and to form an European Network. It is intended to help to understand and spread the various cultural identities and also the quality of the production. Since 2010 OmA is a non-profit association of bank foundations, today there are 18 banks on the national territory, the headquarters with experts is in Florence at the Cassa di Risparmio of Florence.
The Register of Artistic and Traditional Manufactures
Only the artisan businesses which are distinguished by their high-level creations, the quality of their products, the top level workers, the variety of the assortment, the historical continuity of the production techniques and the completely handcrafted manufacturing, can be admitted in the special category “C” register of the chamber of commerce of the belonging province.
The top level reached by Poggi Ugo Terrecotte gave us the chance to become the member n°173862 of the Register of Artistic and Artisan Manufactures of the province of Florence.
This award is a warranty of the top quality terrecotte with the label Poggi Ugo. It is also a warranty for the customer, who is always sure to own an article with unique production features, and that comes from the exquisite Florentine craftsmanship.
The Association of Historical and Artistic Kilns of Impruneta
The Association of the Historical and Artistic Kilns of Impruneta was created to protect the inestimable heritage of knowledge, memories and specific qualities of the territory.
Only a few terracotta producers in Impruneta share the close link with the territory, the respect of the traditions, the pursuit of quality and the same work concept, in which professional skills are mixed with culture and art.
Specifically these terracotta producers are: “Fornace Masini di Impruneta”, “Manifattura Imprunetana Terrecotte Artistiche e Laterizi (M.I.T.A.L.)”, “Antica Fornace Poggi Ugo Terrecotte” and the young artisan “Massimo Carbone”, who joined the association recently.
All the production of the Associates is completely handmade, with different techniques (such as mold, “posteggiatura” and “guscio”), and uses only the original Impruneta clay with the characteristic blue-grey color which is only granted within the administrative borders of the Municipality of Impruneta.
The Association of the Historical and Artistic Kilns of Impruneta wants to improve the quality and the culture behind each produced masterpiece, which has on it the rhombus-shaped brand beside the brand of the producing company.
This brand guarantees the top level of every single product, on which the touch of the artisan and also the tradition that gets preserved in the future, are clearly to be found.