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The individual boxes present brief descriptions of the prizes awarded in the various editions of the Competition, starting from the Faenza Prize, that is the most important.
Clicking on the name of the prize you can see the winning works and the artists who were awarded that prize.
Since 2005, the jury has only indicated the reason for awarding cash prizes.

Faenza OVER 40 Award
In some edition (2013-2015), the competition has been divided into two distinct sections reserved for artists under or over 40 years of age. Each section has been awarded a Faenza Prize.
Award for the purchase of the Confartigianato and the Confederazione Nazionale dell'Artigianato of the Province of Ravenna
The National Confederation of Crafts - CNA of Faenza passes the baton to the National Confederation of Crafts of the province of Ravenna, which together with Confartigianato, an organization that protects the values and interests of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises, in the 1991 and 1995 editions have offered a prize worth, respectively, of 5,000,000 lire and 6,000,000.
Award for the purchase of the National Confederation of Handicrafts of Faenza
In 1989 the National Confederation of Crafts - CNA of Faenza supported the event by offering a prize worth 2,000,000 lire.
Award for the purchase of the Tourist Board of the Province of Ravenna
The Tourist Board of the Province of Ravenna supported the event by offering two prizes in the 1987 and 1989 editions, worth 1,000,000 lire and 5,000,000 respectively.
Award of the magazine "D'A"
The prize, awarded since 2011 and reserved for the youngest artist, is offered by "D'A", the first Italian magazine dedicated to craftsmanship in all its forms and applied decorative arts. The magazine, founded in June 1990 and directed by Giovanni Mirulla, is published by EMIL Edizioni.
Award of the Provincial Tourism Board of Ravenna
The prize - purchase was assigned without interruption by the Provincial Tourism Board of Ravenna from 1952 to 1986 and in some editions even to more than one artist. From 1952 to 1954 the prize was awarded to works that had shown a remarkable creative imagination; for the next twenty years, from 1955 to 1976, it was reserved for works with character and plastic decoration. From 1977 he was no longer assigned a specific destination, with the exception of 1981, which was intended for young artists.
Banca Popolare di Faenza Award
Banca Popolare di Faenza, founded in 1865 and absorbed in 1996 by various banks, sponsored an uninterrupted prize from 1987 to 1970. From 1970 to 1980 the prize consisted of a gold medal. In the last three years the prize was reserved for young artists.
Cersaie Prize
The prize, awarded since 2011, is named after the international exhibition of ceramics for architecture and bathroom furnishings and is supported by Edi.Cer. S.p.A., a publishing, promotion and services company controlled by Confindustria Ceramica.
Confindustria Ceramica Purchase Award
Confindustria Ceramica, the national association representing manufacturers of ceramic tiles, refractory materials and stoneware, sanitary ceramics, porcelain and ceramics for domestic, ornamental and industrial use, supported the event in 2007 and 2009 with a prize worth € 10,000.00.
Cultural Centre of residence for artists "La Loggia" of Montefiridolfi Prize
The prize, awarded in 2000, was established by engineer Giulio Baruffaldi (who died in 2017), antiquarian and art lover, founder and president since the seventies of the '900 Cultural Center "La Loggia" - Center of Residence for artists of Monteridolfi (Florence) for contemporary art. The prize consisted in the hospitality of two artists at the farm "La Loggia" who had to produce a work for the Cultural Center.
Emilia-Romagna Legislative Assembly Award
Since 2003, the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region has actively participated in the event in Faenza, contributing an honorary prize.
Emilia-Romagna Region Award
Since its institution, the Emilia-Romagna Region has actively participated in the event in Faenza, contributing continuously since 1972, with the exception of the 1989 and 2001 editions, with prizes of various types in the various editions.
Faenza OVER 35 Award
Starting in 2020, the competition has been divided into two distinct sections reserved for artists under or over 35 years of age. Each section has been awarded with a Faenza Prize.
Faenza Prize
The Faenza Prize, the main prize of the Competition, has been awarded continuously since 1938, except in the years of the Second World War. Initially it was a prize of national level, than, since 1963 it has been extended to the international one, and since 1989 it has been awarded every two years. Since 1955, Monte di Credito su Pegno and Cassa di Risparmio di Faenza, now Fondazione del Monte and Cassa di Risparmio Faenza, have been supporting this event, recognising its importance and ensuring the prize. In the 2013 and 2015 edition, the prize has been divided into two sections: Faenza Prize over 40 and Faenza Prize under 40.
Faenza UNDER 35 Award
Starting in 2020, the competition has been divided into two distinct sections reserved for artists under or over 35 years of age. Each section has been awarded with a Faenza Prize.
Gold Medal Gianna Boschi
The Prize was established in 1989 by the family in memory of the Faentine Gianna Boschi (1913-1986). Painter and ceramist, since 1958 teacher at the Art Institute for Ceramics in Faenza, since 1967 she has held the chair of Real Drawing. The Prize, banned for two consecutive years, was intended for an Italian artist. In the first year, it provided for an age limit of 26 years.
Gold Medal of Ascom - Association of Traders and Services Faenza
The Association of Commerce, Tourism and Services - ASCOM of Faenza has contributed to the events for three editions, 1991-1995, by offering a gold medal.
Gold medal of the Confederation of free Italian artisan associations of Milan
The Confederation of Italian Free Trade Associations - CLAAI of Milan, an association of patronage for small entrepreneurs and craftsmen established in 1954, has actively participated in the event by continuously offering a gold medal from 1978 to 1995. In the 1985 and 1986 editions, the prize consisted of a plaque.
Gold medal of the Confesercenti of Faenza
The Confesercenti of Faenza, a trade association that protects the interests and promotes the development of small and medium-sized businesses in trade, tourism and services in 1995 supported the event by offering a gold medal.
Gold medal of the Credito Romagnolo di Faenza
Credito Romagnolo, a bank founded in Bologna in 1896 by Giovanni Acquaderni as "Piccolo Credito Romagnolo", was a bank of great importance for the region. The name was changed to Credito Romagnolo in 1914 and in 1995 it merged with Carimonte into Rolo Banca. Credito Romagnolo di Faenza actively participated in the event in Faenza, awarding a gold medal from 1967 to 1993, with the exception of the 1970 and 1989 editions.
Gold medal with diploma from the Autonomous Tourist Board of Caltagirone
In 1997, the Autonomous Tourist Board of Caltagirone (Catania) won a gold medal for a work that would be part of the "Wall of Wonders", the wall that surrounds the town hall of the city. It was being built under the artistic direction of Ugo La Pietra. The artist who won the prize was also offered the opportunity to create a work at a ceramic workshop in Caltagirone, also to be placed in the wall.
Honour Award of the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic
The Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies has been supporting the event continuously since 1989 with the award of a prize of honour.
Honour Award of the Presidency of the Senate of the Italian Republic
The Presidency of the Senate has been supporting the event continuously since 1989 with the awarding of a prize of honour.
Honourable Mention - Gold Medal of the International Ceramics Museum of Faenza
The prize was first offered by the MIC in 2015 in recognition of the achievements of an artist in his creative path.
Honourable Mention of the Province of Ravenna
In 2013 the Province of Ravenna contributed to the event with a special mention.
Lions Club Faenza Award
Since its establishment, the Faenza Lions Club has actively participated in the Faenza event, contributing a money prize to the success of the event. From 1961 to 1979, the Club offered a prize, reserved for the first six years (1961-1966) to the students of the State Institute of Art "G. Ballardini" of Faenza.
Lions Club Faenza Host Award
The Faenza Lions Club, which became Faenza Host in 1991, regained its role until the end of the seventies and returned to be one of the main sponsors of the event, giving away, from that year, a gold medal. Since 2011, the prize consists of a plaque.
Medaglia d' oro della Confederazione libere associazioni artigiane italiane di Milano
Medaglia d'oro Gianna Boschi
Mention of merit
The Jury, considering the originality of an artistic product in which the ceramics finds new declinations, has decided to give the work a mention of merit.
Menzione di merito
Monica Biserni Award
The prize was established in 2007 in memory of the artist and ceramist from Ravenna Monica Biserni (1962-2005). Graduated from the "G. Ballardini" Art Institute in Faenza, she continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. Winner in 1982 of the prize reserved for young artists in the 40th International Ceramics Competition in Faenza, she associated her artistic activity with that of a teacher. She had numerous personal and collective exhibitions both in Italy and abroad (she exhibited twice in Japan in 1993 and 1997), and she also taught at numerous Academies of Fine Arts, most recently at Brera, where in 2001 she was awarded the chair of Artistic Anatomy.
Plaque of the Emilia-Romagna Region
From 1977 to 1987, the Emilia Romagna Region also awarded the main prize, awarded without interruption since 1972, with an honorary plaque.
Plaque of the International Ceramic Competition of Faenza
The prize, awarded continuously from 1965 to 1987, in the form of a gold medal until 1979, was a recognition for those artists who, although not winners, in the opinion of the jury were worthy of recognition. Until 1971 it was awarded to artists in the same number as the jurors and competing for countries that had not received any award during the event.
Premio acquisto Confindustria Ceramica
Premio acquisto della Concessionaria FIAT Minardi Giuseppe & Figlio di Faenza
Premio acquisto della Confederazione Nazionale Artigianato di Faenza
Premio acquisto dell'Azienda di Promozione Turistica della Provincia di Ravenna
Premio Assemblea Legislativa dell'Emilia-Romagna
Premio del Lions Club Faenza Host
Premio del Rotary Club di Faenza
Premio della Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Ravenna
Premio della Presidenza della Repubblica
Premio della Regione Emilia-Romagna
Premio d'onore della Presidenza del Senato della Repubblica italiana
Premio d’onore della Presidenza della Camera dei Deputati della Repubblica italiana
Premio Faenza
Premio Faenza OVER 35
Premio Faenza UNDER 35
Faenza UNDER 40 Award
In some editions (2013 - 2015) the competition has been divided into two distinct sections reserved for artists under or over 40 years of age. Each section has been awarded a Faenza Prize.
Premio "Gaetano Ballardini"
Il premio, istituito nel 1953 dall’ Amministrazione Provinciale di Ravenna per onorare la memoria di Gaetano Ballardini, fondatore e direttore del Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, deceduto quello stesso anno, fu continuativamente assegnato fino al 1966. Negli ultimi tre anni il premio fu riservato a categorie diverse quali la realizzazione di un prodotto di design industriale (nel 1964 e 1965) e un manufatto un maiolica decorata (nel 1966).
Premio in memoria di Eleuterio Ignazi
Premio Monica Biserni
Prize for the purchase of the FIAT Minardi dealer Giuseppe & Figlio di Faenza
Historical company from Faenza, founded by the Minardi family in 1913, synonymous with FIAT throughout the 20th century in the territory, in the 1989 edition supported the event contributing with a prize of 2,000,000 lire.
Prize for the purchase of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna
In 1993, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna supported the event by offering a purchase prize worth 5,000,000 lire.
Prize in memory of Eleuterio Ignazi
The prize was established in 1987 by the family in memory of Eleuterio Ignazi (Faenza, 1910-1986), a man of culture, art lover, who was president of the Friends of Art of Faenza. The prize, initially reserved for a young Faenza ceramist or a graduate of the Institute of Ceramic Art in Faenza, since 1991 is intended for young artists, with age limits, following different characteristics according to the editions. In 1991 the prize was not awarded to any artist.
Prize in memory of Valter Dal Pane
The prize, reserved for new talents, was established in 2013 in memory of Valter Dal Pane (1967-2012), a leading figure of the Faenza area, entrepreneur and promoter of various cultural initiatives.
Award for the purchase of the Industrial Association of the Province of Ravenna
The Industrial Association of the Province of Ravenna, now united under Confindustria Ravenna, has contributed to the event supporting, for three consecutive years, from 1991 to 1995, a prize worth 5,000,000 lire for the first two years, 6,000,000 lire for the third.
Prize of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Ravenna
The Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Ravenna has actively participated in the exhibition in Faenza contributing with a cash prize to the success of the event from 1952 to 1995. In the 2003 and 2005 editions, she returned to support the event by awarding a gold medal.
Prize of the CNA of Rome - Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises
From 1987 to 1984 the Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises of Rome was the promoter of the awarding of a cash prize.
Prize of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage
The prize instituted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage was awarded from 1978 to 1987; in 1984 and 1985, the years in which the contribution was lacking, an award was however entitled to this Ministry to maintain the prestigious link with the Institution.
Prize of the Presidency of the Republic
The Presidency of the Republic has contributed to the success of the event by supporting it continuously from 1977 to 2013 with its patronage and by awarding a prize of honour.
Prize of the Provincial Administration of Ravenna
The prize, established by the Provincial Administration of Ravenna, which until 1966 had sponsored the "G. Ballardini" prize, was awarded without interruption from 1967 to 1987.
Purchase prize C.A.VI.RO.
C.A.VI.RO - Cooperative Associate of Romagna winemakers, the main Italian agricultural cooperative founded in Faenza in 1966, supported the event in 2005 with a prize worth € 10,000.00.
Purchase prize of Assopiastrelle
Assopiastrelle, the national association of manufacturers of ceramic tiles and refractory materials, supported the event in 2005 with a prize worth 8,000.00 euros.
Rotary Club of Faenza Award
Since 1977, the Club has actively participated as a sponsor of the event by awarding a gold medal. Since 2011, the prize consists of a plaque.
WCC-Europe Award for Contemporary Crafts
On the occasion of the 50th edition of the "Faenza Prize", the European Section of the World Crafts Council, an organisation officially associated with UNESCO, decided to award an important prize, the "WCC-Europe Award for Contemporary Crafts", to a ceramist selected by a special jury in the Faenza Competition.
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