Monte Lupo

Providing career paths for people with disability in an area encouraging creativity and artistic expression.

Background

Monte Lupo pays tribute to a small pottery village nestled in the hills of Tuscany, known as Montelupo Fiorentina. This tight-knit community is famous for a centuries-old tradition of producing brightly coloured and boldly designed pottery in a collaborative process.

Today the town of Montelupo continues this tradition of quality pieces and the entire town derives its livelihood from pottery in one form or another. As the new ‘Monte Lupo’, we hope to emulate not only their vision but also their combination of people, skills, commitment and long term success.

Our founding potter, David Usher was inspired by his mother-in-law who was trained in Montelupo as a potter and decorator. This way of working had such an influence on Usher’s practice that the business he developed for Multicap became known as MONTE LUPO pottery.

Giving people with disability a chance to express themselves through art is not just a valuable therapy, but also provides skills development opportunity. It also creates an independent source of income. With the right assistance, Monte Lupo artists gain a special sense of purpose, creative expression and engagement with the wider community.

Artists here can proudly say they have accomplished a great deal thanks to the opportunities provided, molding a creative career within a supportive team. Working together is a large part of the Monte Lupo approach and many artists contribute to a single piece of work, utilising the strengths of each individual artist. Every artist has a story which we would like to share with you.

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