Ali Matteini

a life creative

Updates from the studio in Santa Fiora

Free Website Translator

The physical studio itself has gone from this crowded and dim space in the apartment [a.k.a. The Garret]


What a messy person.

to this gloriously light-filled space, which I’ll be sharing with a couple of other lives creative, including Monika.


The Muse, without whom I don’t know what I’d do xx


Lots and lots of LED lights



Please ignore the horrible sink. Aside from being the colour of old ladies’ nylon tights, it just plain looks like a bidet made love to the brown end of the 70s.


Fire & Water
There follows the last fiddly touches to the studio, however: water connection and heating [a.k.a. bureaucratic ballet]. As you can see from the photos I have a wood heater. It’s all connected, works like a dream, but some smart cookie in the apartment above has, in the distant past, installed a water heater where the chimney space is, rustic-like. We lit the fire and the apartment above filled with smoke, and the window above filled with a cranky face… So for the past two months we have been chasing up the landlord and the tenants told us they’d be out on 1 March…but, remember: this is Italy. Almost a month on and the tenants are still up there, gnashing their teeth at us from on high.
As for the water, we organised [and paid through the nose] for connection, and now we wait, toilet-less and schlepping water in buckets from the fountain in the piazza, and schlepping full bladders across town.


Behold! The glorious toilet we can’t use…yet.

But we’re in!
It’s a mess and tomorrow I’ve dedicated to cleaning, sorting and shuffling tables around with the idea that I’ll be back at the bench by Friday. I’m not sure how I’ll go with this floor.


If you remember from this post the room was used for storage of everything from ancient wine to 9 1/2 Weeks on VHS, and had been left open for homeless cats for about 20 years.

Giovanni, who repainted and refitted windows, tiles, toilet and that god-awfully designed sink had a go at it and it’s stumped him. It may need something horrendously acidic – I’d rather not. It being a studio, I think I’ll not be that precious about the floor.


And finally…On the Work Front

I’ve been off kilter with the blog schedule as, aside from moving, I’ve been fortunate to have landed a large order from Australia for pendants, which will most likely be ongoing. A few other shiny jobs to keep the furnace ticking over and warm this little silversmith’s cockles.



Free Website Translator


A Presto,

Cheers and Ciao,

Ali 🙂

Image Alison Matteini ©

Image Alison Matteini ©

2 comments on “Updates from the studio in Santa Fiora

  1. Gaylene Parker
    March 31, 2016

    hopefully in 6mths it will be a bad, maybe comical even, unpleasant memory! But I can see your talent has not been diminished! Gaylene.

    • Kittykatmandoo
      March 31, 2016

      Aw Gaylene, thank you so much for such a lovely boost this morning! ❤ xxxx

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Recent Posts


What’s Happening on Monte Amiata:

Follow Ali Matteini on

Enter your email address for creative updates straight to your inbox. Spam free zone!

Join 906 other followers

Blogs I Follow

Flag Counter
for wordpress
Tours Truly, Tuscany

custom retreats and workshops in tuscany

A Ciência nas Coisas

Fatos e Curiosidades sobre a Natureza e tecnologia


"per l' allegria il pianeta nostro è poco attrezzato. Bisogna strappare la gioia ai giorni futuri "

The Artistry

by Isabelle Warren

the poet's billow

a resource for moving poetry

Two Twitch A Tale

Linking collage work to the meaning of personal and universal symbols.

At Home in Florence: Italian Renovations

This is my adventurous story about buying, designing, and renovating homes in ITALY


guardian of irish mythology

Gathering just-a-bit-o moss

Attempting not to make too little or too much sense


I help you unlock the peace and strength already within you

Tara Sparling writes

Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books


"C’è molta speranza, ma nessuna per noi." (Franz Kafka)

A Holistic Journey

Finding my way back out of motherhood -- while mothering


Expatty-cakes: Diary of an American southerner turned expat

Grand adventures and global wanderings. Next stop: Italy.

Martin Diotte

Creative Artist


Discover the truth about mental health

⚡️La Audacia de Aquiles⚡️

"El Mundo Visible es Sólo un Pretexto" / "The Visible World is Just a Pretext".-

Lady Of The Cakes

Vignettes from a multi-lingual, multi-cake-eating freelance existence


Eyes ten degrees above the horizon

Crafted in Carhartt

about women who do amazing things

Fugitive Fragments

by Mike McGuire

Tricia Drammeh

A Creative State of Mind

elizabeth frattaroli

Writing for Children and Young Adults #amwriting

Jane Dougherty Writes

About fantastical places and other stuff


A topnotch site

Blood On Borrowed Wings

I write, I love, I run, I play, I break things.

Rachel Carrera, Novelist

Writer of psychological thrillers and other things guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat


In the Groove...

Interno Poesia

Blog e progetto editoriale di poesia

Poesy plus Polemics

Words of Wonder, Worry and Whimsy

Lasciatemi Pensare.

se non sarò serena, mi rasserenerò

Globe Drifting

Global issues, travel, photography & fashion. Drifting across the globe; the world is my oyster, my oyster through a lens.

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Vonj Productions

Bringing you love through spirit!

A Mirror Obscura,

Poetry, musings and sightings from where the country changes

Aisha's Oasis

A peaceful place to relax while on my wild joyride to Egypt from South Carolina.

The Perfect Nose

Sewing, illustration and design.


Undermining the Patriarchy Every Chance I Get. And I Get a Lot of Chances (Copyright Preserved)

%d bloggers like this: