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.

Imagine we don’t’ know anything about it… can you describe your profession?

I’m a craftsman who works iron in a traditional way and with old methods, by realizing everything by hand, using the forge , the anvil and the hammer.

What materials do you use?  

Iron, stainless steel, corten steel.

Who is you “ideal client’s profile?  

People that are able to understand the quality of a handmade object.

You chose to be a craftsman. How did this decision appear to be an evidence to you?  

On the one hand it has been a compulsory choice because of the difficulty of finding a job. At the same time, however, there was the curiosity to do by myself a job i had already practiced as a apprentice.

Would you define your job a passion? What is the best moment you had in your job? 

My job is definitely a passion, otherwise i would not be so happy doing it. The best moment is when i see people’s astonishment when they see what i can realize.

What role do “talent”, “know-how” and “creativity” play in your profession?  

They are the essential elements without which i could not work. My profession can not be learned only on book, it needs these elements.

And what about innovation, what are the changes since you started? Do you use new materials, tools, processes, marketing. What’s the impact of innovation on your performances? How could your profession be more innovative?  

Certainly year after year even a traditionalist job line mine has undergone many changes and innovations, especially thanks to the advent of new materials and new procession tecniques. This has allowed us to improve the quality and uniqueness of our work. At the moment, however, i don’t know what else could be useful to innovate even more my work.

Where and how long did you train before you were ready for creating your business? Imagine that you want to invite young generations to choose your profession, what would be your message to them?

Before i started my business, i worked as an apprentice at a blacksmith in my country. If i had to send a message to younger generation to choose my profession, i would say that, despite being heavy, challenging and dirty, everything is paid off by the satisfaction of creating, from nothing, objects with their own hands.

In Conclusion, describe a meaningful experience or a personal reflection that you would like to share with us and explain why.

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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