Welcome to the Official Site of C.K.I. Italy!
The Creativ-Kreis-International/World Wide Artists is a non-profit artistic-cultural club, headquartered in Deidesheim - Germany. Since 1966. its initiatives are aimed at promoting vitreous enamel as an artistic means and favouring cultural exchanges between enameling artists from around the world.
PDF: The Golden Altarpiece of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice - Enamel art in Vienna in the 19th century - The Altarpiece of Nicholas de Verdun - The Dunstable Swan - Japanese cloisonné enamels - Enameling on metal (L-E Millenet) - Minakari-enamel in Isfahan -
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Arts are neither major nor minor. There’s one art with endless forms and solutions applied to different materials and for different purposes. In presence of creative skills, it is the same to create by painting, sculpture, bas-relief, tapestry, stained glass or enamel! (Luigi Mallé, Smalti-Avori, Turin, 1969)
Over a period of 35 centuries, many enameling techniques have developed, passing through many populations and civilizations distinguished by culture, religion and social background. An unknown design of destiny has preserved them and handed them down to us almost unchanged. They have been absorbed into (and spread by) many schools and artistic movements.
The special fascination for this applied art has overcome every kind of obstacle, reaching our era almost untouched, thanks to an élite of artists who fell in love with enameling. It’s them who produced – and still produce – the amazing results of enamelling which become visible only after many firings in a kiln at 800°C. To all these artists, and especially to the members of C.K.I., are dedicated the heartfelt thanks from our founder Gertrud Rittmann-Fischer, the many international presidents of C.K.I. and, of course, myself.
Attilio Compagnoni, President of C.K.I. Italy
"A painting on thick copper, covered with enamel on which it is painted with enamel colours and then put into the furnace again and fired, far exceeds sculpture in durability" Leonardo da Vinci, Treatise on Painting, Codex Urbinas Latinus n.1270 chapter 34
Jean Betourné, "Music Lesson", School of Limoges