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Craft ecosystem in
Bassano del Grappa, Italy

About Bassano del Grappa

The artisanal ecosystem in Bassano del Grappa thrives across the city and neighboring municipalities, fostering enduring relationships, notably with municipalities like Nove, dating back to the early days of industrialization. Positioned in northeastern Italy, it lies between the cities of Vicenza and Treviso, Padova and Venice.

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Bassano del Grappa

About ecosystem

The ecosystem of Bassano del Grappa’s craftsmanship is certainly internationally known for the production of ceramics, an activity that has been widespread in the area since the 17th century: the strategic location of the two riverside towns (Bassano’s Brenta and Nove’s Roggia Isacchina), and the large quantity of calcium, silica and quartz-based pebbles helped create the perfect raw material.

In 2017, it was identified by the Veneto Region as the “Artistic Ceramics District of Nove and Bassano del Grappa.

With Regional Law No. 13/2014, the industrial district takes on the role of a local production system characterized by a high concentration of manufacturing companies of an industrial and artisan nature, whose size must be predominantly small or medium-sized (SMEs).

Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Craft ecosystem in Bassano del Grappa, Italy

In detail, the elements that qualify a Veneto industrial district and make it such are: territoriality, i.e. the concentration of enterprises within a specific territory; the organization of production according to the logic of production chain; the historicity of the district as qualitatively detectable also through the available scientific literature; and, last but not least, the ability to be a relevant system also in the international sphere, demonstrable by the propensity for innovation as well as by its projection on international markets.

On the other hand, the ecosystem is not limited to the production of ceramics but includes other productions such as paper and printing, which have been present since the mid-1600s, and artistic furniture, which had an important development between the two great wars and gold and textiles, also of ancient origin.

Why Bassano del Grappa is chosen to be one of the HEPHAESTUS craft ecosystems

The craft ecosystem in Bassano has been chosen due to its rich history and tradition as a “distretto” in craft. Craft communities in Bassano have stood the test of time, passing down skills and expertise through generations. This historical depth provides a unique opportunity for HEPHAESTUS to explore and preserve traditional craftsmanship while integrating modern approaches.

The main challenges of the Bassano del Grappa in the context of craft

Craftmakers in the ecosystem

While the Bassano del Grappa ecosystem comprises various types of craftmakers, here are some of the most prominently represented to offer you a glimpse.

Hephaestus project


Hephaestus project

Artistic & wooden furniture craftsmen

Hephaestus project


Hephaestus project


Craftmakers currently involved in the HEPHAESTUS project as craft ambassadors

Elena Rausse

Elena Rausse

Designer and ceramist

©Paolo Polloniato

POL Polloniato

Contemporary art and craft

CRAFT_Emanuele Bucaco

Emanuele Bucco

Artis and craft maker

Bianca Bonaldi

Bianca Bonaldi


Alberto Scodro’s

Alberto Scodro

Sculptor and installation artist

The project HEPHAESTUS expected impact on Bassano del Grappa ecosystem

The goal of Project HEPHAESTUS is to enable representatives of Bassano’s craftsmanship to actively participate in a European dialogue involving numerous sector players, creating a valuable development opportunity for the entire ecosystem. Our objective is to initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders in our ecosystem, seeking collaborative forms that will enable us to explore actions ensuring the prosperity of our local craftsmanship. This, in turn, preserves both tangible and intangible aspects, representing an invaluable cultural and economic heritage.

Throughout the project, our aim is to engage artisans and stakeholders across the entire ecosystem in research endeavors. The goal is to assess the challenges and opportunities within the current and future production and social systems. Together, we will contemplate the future of these activities, focusing on strategies to provide meaningful support.

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Responsible for the HEPHAESTUS project ecosystem in Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Simone Giotto

Simone Giotto

Senior project manager

Simone Giottoa is a senior project manager with in-depth knowledge of the development and management of complex projects and, in particular, those financed with European funds. He has over a decade of experience working with public and private entities in social, cultural innovation, and territorial development. He is also involved in training and social impact assessment.

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