Arcangelo Ambrosi, sculptor and pipemaker

In my work, wood is not simply a medium, but it is the protagonist, with its characteristics and possibilities.
My passion is to explore it deeply through the continuous work of technical study and search for ideas. I love to express its aesthetic, tactile and functional dimensions in my tobacco pipes, varying between simple and elegant lines to more elaborate, bizarre, surreal shapes.
The wonderful and natural textures of the wood, so different and unique in the various species, become a tool to play with the perception of consistency, and can simulate the skin of a frog, or the shell of a snail. Wood can give the illusion of softness to the point that it could be knotted.
With my sculpture works I like to overcome the limits imposed by a functional object to let wood and ideas totally speak.

I’m proud to be part of the Italiano Plurale artist collective that promotes the most sophisticated Italian handmade art. The next show will be at the PMA Craft Show 2021 – the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual “art by hand” event.

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Born in 1988, living and working in Bitonto (Puglia, Italy).
Experience in electric instrument making (from 2005).
Graduation in Computer science (2012).
Pipemaking (from 2013).
Wood and light sculpture and design project, collaboration with Bianca Roselli (from 2015). 
Exhibition at “Fantastika”, biennal of fantasy art (Dozza, Italy, 2018).
Publication of an article for the italian magazine “Legnolab” (2019).



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frog pipe drawings