VS Ceramics - Pottery Made in Venice by Valentina Stocco
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
15h ago
As you know, I love pottery and use it a lot in my photography and also in my daily life. The value of a handmade object is undeniable and being able to enjoy a coffee or a salad in a unique cup or bowl, or putting my flowers in a vase that is only mine and was made with passion... well, it makes all the difference. Today I want to introduce you to Venetian potter Valentina Stocco and her brand VS Ceramics. Valentina is doing a very interesting research on the lagoon and works mainly with locally sourced clay. She has recently opened a shop very close to my house together with jewelry designe ..read more
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AB - Andreina Brengola, a free-spirited Venetian jewelry designer
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
5d ago
Life always presents us with unexpected meetings, and I am delighted that my path crossed with the one of Andreina Brengola, a rather unconventional and distinctive Venetian jewelry designer. Today I want to introduce you to her work and her incredible space. Here below our brief conversation: 1. Tell us a little something about yourself I was born and raised in Venice. My mother is from here, whereas my father was born in Casablanca and traveled a lot for work. His father, my grandad, was from Naples and used to play the cello and music must have been running through their veins, because m ..read more
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Effe Ceramics: beautiful pottery made in Venice by Francesca Bocus
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
1M ago
Ceramics Made in Venice | Italy As you may know by now, I am a big pottery lover and over the years I have implemented my very personal collection of hand made ceramics. I believe that the feeling of a handmade cup or plate or whatever object, is so much more intense when it is unique and you know the person behind it. So today I want to introduce you to Francesca Bocus, a local pottery designer with a charming personality and a huge talent. Francesca is a very friendly and sweet soul, very easy to approach and very easy to connect with. Every time I meet her there is a magical exchange, and ..read more
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Crunchy Green Asparagus and Red Onions
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
3M ago
Crunchy Green Asparagus and Red Onions It's almost the end of April and the week of the openings of Biennale Arte 2024 is over. The weather was great during those days, the temperature had risen perhaps too much as it seemed summer already. I am aware that such a thermal excursion is not normal, but I will confess I was happy the cold had gone. I was so happy that I changed my winter wardrobe to my summer wardrobe and bought three filters for my camera: a UV filter, a polarizer and an ND filter for long exposures in the scorching sun, as from the photographic point of view, I am not fond of ..read more
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Cold Cucumber and Greek Yogurt Soup
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
3M ago
Cold Cucumber and Greek Yogurt Soup With the rise in temperature that is becoming faster than ever, certain days already call for raw and fresh foods, and one of my favorite starters is cold cucumber soup. It requires less than 5 minutes to prepare, it is rich in flavor and also so good for you. I like to use Greek yogurt to add some protein to this dish, and garnish it with various herbs and dried fruit, depending on what I have. I find that toasted pine nuts are the best match, but also almonds, pistachios and cashews work very well. Toasting the nuts really makes a difference, then a qual ..read more
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Risotto with Asparagus, Zucchini, Date Tomatoes and Lemon Zests
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
4M ago
Risotto with Asparagus, Zucchini, Date Tomatoes and Lemon Zests Finally spring, with its beautiful produce. This early season offers us so much vegetables in different shades of green, wild herbs like carletti, bruscandoli and agretti, then peas, horse beans and artichokes. Today, though, my choice has fallen on asparagus. I bought a bunch of green medium size asparagus, perfect both on their own and also for a nice risotto. A simple and quick dish, easy to prepare and with infinite variation. Mine happens to be totally green, as I added zucchini and date tomatoes and used a veg stock, but ..read more
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Codex Novus. Olivia Kishi and her art studio in Cannaregio. A magical world of paper!
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
4M ago
Olivia Kishi - Codex Novus Olivia Kishi is so young yet so inspirational. When you meet her, you see a clean face, a simple person, apparently quiet and tranquil, but once you start talking with her... you can't help but remain impressed by her knowledge, curiosity and liveliness. A talented artist whom I met thanks to her father, Nelson Kishi, another artist you are probably familiar with, founder -together with his wife Robin Frood- of the Codex studio in Fondamenta degli Ormesini. Olivia is a multi talented artist. Her main interest revolves around the Shadow Theatre, and ranges from drawi ..read more
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Caffè Girani: the oldest coffee roaster in Venice
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
6M ago
Torrefazione Girani: the oldest coffee roaster in Venice I don't know about you, but the first thing I do every morning is grind some coffee beans, prepare my moka machine and wait for the wonderful aroma of coffee to fill the kitchen. Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages around the world, yet I realized that I knew very little about it and wanted to learn more. As some of you may know, coffee comes from Ethiopia and only centuries after its spread in northern Africa, Turkey and the East, it arrived in Europe. Venice played a key role in its diffusion, due to the fact that it was one ..read more
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Madonna and Sleeping Child
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
7M ago
Merry Christmas from Venice! Dear Friends, another year has flown by so fast and here we are already getting ready for Christmas and a New Year. I wanted to wish you, your families and friends the happiest of times and in doing so I thought I'd share some artistic highlights that I am sure will bring you joy. Venice is looking marvelous as always, the light in this season is my favorite, made up of soft hues and pastel tones. It is the perfect time to enjoy short walks along the 'riva', offering its known but never tiring views, and alternating them with stops for teas and coffees or anythin ..read more
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Castagnaccio: an Italian chestnut cake
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by Nicoletta Fornaro
7M ago
Castagnaccio: Italian chestnut cake One of the old fashion winter recipes I love the most is castagnaccio, a gluten and sugar free chestnut cake. It is made in many regions of Italy and every regions has its own variant. I am sharing the Venetian recipe, simple, easy to make and perfect with a cup of black tea or coffee. Castagnaccio is rather rustic and gives me a sense of home. While it is baking, the house is inundated with a lovely perfume of rosemary. Once upon a time, it was considered a poor food, whereas now it can be quite pricey. It is the sort of thing I prefer to make at home. I ..read more
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