Guido Gambone (1909 – 1969) is one of the most important and influential Italian ceramic artist in the mid 20th century- He was born in Montella, Avellino in Italy in 1909 and moved with his parents to Vietri in 1927. He started his career at the local Avallone pottery, continued his training at Manifattura Artistica Ceramica Salernitana before moving to the famous I.C.S. (Industria Ceramica Salernitana). He became artistic director at I.C.S. in 1935. Following, he started his own potteries, La Faenzerella in Vietri and later La Tirrena in Florence. In 1950, he moved to Florence permanently and founded the La Tirrena pottery. He worked independently, but other contributed to the pottery’s growing success such as his son Bruno Gambone (born 1936). The pieces he made at La Tirrena were in line with the work made at La Faenzerella, but with a larger variation in forms and glazes. The following years he had his first solo exhibitions and won many important prizes. His work was sold widely in Italy and overseas, where the United States was the most important destination. He died at the age of sixty, in 1969. Gambone’s work fused painting, primitivism, tradition, modern artistic movements and became enormously influential.