Venetian Plaster a purist point of view. By Anthony J Fiocco
I distribute a product called FirmoLux™, a collection of Italian lime plasters and material imported from Italy and sold internationally. I decided to start this blog mainly in an attempt to bring attention to something I feel passionate about. My intention is to bring a level of quality and craftsmanship back to a trade built on generations of talented individuals that created an industry out of their hard work and gifted abilities handed down to them by their ancestors over generations. I hope this blog begins a dialog that will help us shape relationships with applicators/artisans that share in the enthusiasm of using traditional natural Italian lime plasters.
I'd like to write about the first plasterer I ever knew, my grandfather Antonio Fiocco. He was a man that made an impression on me at an early age and who immigrated to America from Villa Santo Stefano, a small village in southern Italy an hour south of Rome. He left a country on the verge of World War I and during a time Northern Italy was rapidly being industrialized. Many ordinary northern Italians saw a rise in their standard of living; while the south remained poor and somewhat backward.