Bampi, Richard

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Amparo, São Paulo (Brazil)
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Richard Bampi is born in Amparo, São Paula (Brazil) June, 16 1896. About 1900 he moved with his family to Rheinfelden, Upper Rhine (DE). Between 1915 and 1918 he served the German army. Between 1918 and 1919 he studied architecture at Munich Technical University and at the Weimar Bauhaus. In 1920 and 1921 he travelled for study purposes in Switzerland and went to Florence. He turned to sculpture and ceramics. In 1922 he did gold and silversmithing in Vienna. In 1923 Bampi emigrated to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he founded the Rio Art Workshops. In 1925 he returned to Germany, where he took over the architecture practice of his father Gustav Bampi. In 1927 he founded the Kandern Faïence Factory. In 1929 he studied Far Eastern ceramics, developed glazes for firing in a reducing atmosphere. In 1934 he began studying ceramics techniques, experimented with firing temperature and glazes. In 1937 he was reregistered as Fayence-Manufaktur Richard G. Bampi, Kandern. From 1942 he collaborated with painter Julius Bissier. In 1944 and 1945 Bampi was in military service, then continued at his workshop until he died. In 1967 his estate was sold at auction in the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe as the foundation for the Richard Bampi Prize for the Promotion of Young Ceramicists - Ceramic vessels and sculpture. Richard Bampi died in Kandern July, 10 1965 (text: taken from Thormann, Olaf - Gefäss / Skulptur, Vessel / Sculpture, 2013).

Pictures: Richard Bampi, portrait 1963 (source photo Klauss Theiss); Richard Bampi, green vase with three handles (source Kunst & Design Auctions Krefeld Spring 2019); Bowl (coll. Capriolus); various signatures. 

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From 1941 stoneware with feldspathic glazes, after 1945 mainly thicklayered, pastose trickle glazes, often with painterly touches of colour on earthenware; from 1951 influenced by Scandinavian ceramics and abstract art, inspired by natural phenomena to create new, organoid forms; after 1955 refined and developed a wide variety of glazes on stoneware as the central theme of his work; from 1960 particularly focused on crystal glazes'also sculpture, architectural ceramics and mural mosaics.


• Thormann, Olaf, Gefäss / Skulptur - Vessel / Sculpture; Keramik / Ceramics seit / since 1946 Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig, 2013.