Stories of Talent

Mad’in Europe projectStories of talent by European craftsmen” has been launched as part of the program of the European Commission “European Vocational Skills Week: Discover your Talent”. Considering its success, we decided to continue this program and to development this section further. Our objective is to let some selected European professional craftsmen narrate their stories and show their work. We hope these story-telling will stimulate your curiosity and interest for crafts, which are part of our intangible heritage but also a different and more responsible way of buying. To have your portrait in this section you must be a craftsman member of Mad’in Europe. Please see conditions on the registration page.
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Carlo Ciccarelli, blacksmith since 1983. Italy

One of the today’s digital and industrialized society is the loss of everything that concerns the caftsmanship. I think that this trend to increasingly isolate and discriminate the craftsmanship is the result of a feeling of fear, born out of the awareness that a machine will never be able to do what an artisan’s hand are capable to achieve.

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Carlo Apollo, wooden floors designer since 1978. Italy

Craftsmanship is an uproarious adventure: it is the occasion to invent something new, to create ourselves and to to give a contribution to the beauty of the world. There is not anything more beautiful than to have in our hands something created by our own strengths and our own imagination.

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Bas van Zuijlen, céramiste depuis 1996. France

J’invite l’hmme à se dévoiler, à vivre sa spiritualité, à suivre son âme, à oser la vraie rencontre avec soi et avec l’autre. Le but de mon entreprise est de créer des choses bonnes pour l’homme. Devenir un homme plus complet est la quête de la vie. La création fait partie de cet histoire.

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Antonello Puddu, woodworker since 2006. Italy

I believe that one of the most important part of my work is the choice of the piece of wood to be worked. I always try to choose to discarded pieces because I want to give to them a completely new life as a piece of art.

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