Maria Christina Hamel
(New Delhi, India, 1958)
Maria Christina Hamel after spending her childhood in India, Thailand, and Austria, she moved to Milan where she graduated in 1979 in Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design. After working with Andries van Onck, Ugo La Pietra, and Ambrose Rossari, from 1981 to 1994 she was Alessandro Mendini’s main assistant in his studio and at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna.
By actively participating in the Alchimia studio, she developed her own particular style, strongly influenced by her multicultural and cosmopolitan background. She has always self-produced her works, particularly in glass and ceramics, in places historically dedicated to this activity of artistic craftsmanship. Hamel teaches and conducts numerous workshops at international institutions including the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona. Her works are part of the permanent collection of the Triennale di Milano and the MIC Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche di Faenza. She has been shortlisted for the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, the Bundes Preis für Design and the grandesignEtico International Award.