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Hi, my name is Rossella Manzini, also known as Ross, and I am the one with the muddy hands behind RossLab. I was born and raised in Italy but I now live in San Jose, California, where RossLab is based, with my husband Claudio and cat Cesare.
I have loved art and experimented with different medium all my life, but it was a few years ago that I discovered my love for clay.
What I like the most about making ceramics is to know they will share and brighten someone else’s home and life. There is a story behind every piece that I make: it begins with me, the designing process and the making, and it ends with my customers and how they choose to use my creations. This is the beauty of being a potter: I make things that are beautiful to look at, yet functional and made to be lived with.
When I am not at the potter’s wheel, I like making photographs, watching old films, spending time with my beloved husband and cat (strictly in this order!) walking in the woods and looking at the ocean.
This is RossLab
My creative process begins by surrounding myself with visual inspirations from art galleries, old films, flea markets, books, and nature. I then draw on paper how the final piece will look, and select the clay body and glazes to use.
The making of the ceramic piece is the longest part of the process but also the most rewarding. I first create my piece on the potters’ wheel, then finish it when hard enough to be handled by carving, trimming, and working on details. Two separate kiln firings and the glazing between them completes the process; only after about four weeks the piece is now ready to be shipped.
I constantly work on my designs and the decorating process, because I believe colors and patterns are as important as shape and functionality. Some of my pieces take up to one hour to paint, often using four different glazes applied at different times, but every step is necessary to obtain the final result I want. Details are key to me, from testing and selecting the best raw materials, to packing with extra care every piece on its way to my customers.