As a platform for collaborative inquiry and artistic production, the foundation values and actions different repertoires of knowledge and experience in the field of ceramics. Driven by a desire to reach the widest audience possible, it offers a multifaceted education and mediation program throughout the year that spans courses, workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses, and talks. Hence its educational activities, which include foundation, intermediate, and advanced levels, are designed to engage participants of all backgrounds and generations, from beginners to experts. They pivot around three macro areas: research into sustainability, materials, and territories; experimental techniques and the rediscovery of forgotten practices; exploration of current exhibitions.



Every year Fondazione Officine Saffi welcomes four residents, from young talents to established artists, from beginners to experienced ceramists. The chief objectives of the residency program are to enhance knowledge and skills through dialogue, exchange, and research. In this regard, the foundation invites artists, designers, artisans, architects, and thinkers, to become part of the Fondazione Officine Saffi community and take on a ceramic challenge in an eight-week residency which has been designed/conceived to be dynamic and far-reaching in scope.
A residency at Fondazione Officine Saffi is an opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of ceramics and a catalyst for the development of new forms of knowledge. It provides a framework for residents to hone skills and techniques, while strengthening their own artistic practice through experimentation and exchange at the foundation and through an immersion in Milan’s flourishing cultural scene.