In its early years, Campania’s designs, under the artistic direction of Peter Cilio Sr., were based on traditional European historical precedents. In time, however, Campania looked beyond classic old world traditions and distinguished itself in the marketplace by developing unique and original copyrighted designs which demonstrate a uniquely American perspective.
Peter C. Cilio, Campania’s creative director, is now responsible for the creation and selection of the Campania product line. His discerning eye, developed from a keen interest in garden design, architecture and art history, has proven an invaluable asset. While Peter continues to explore and refine classic garden traditions in his designs, he is not afraid to innovate. His introductions range from refined classicism to elegant whimsy, and from cutting edge modern to sophisticated country. Since Peter is an avid gardener, he understands what is appropriate for garden art, especially texture, patina and the softening effects of age and weather. This sensibility, combined with clean lines and a sense of proportion create the classic Campania look.
In house, Peter is responsible for the design and mold-making department, the cornerstone of which is Eddie Martinez. Eddie is a self taught artist with multiple skills, from plaster modeling, sculpting and woodworking, to moldmaking. Eddie and Peter collaborate continually to refine and realize Peter’s design concepts. Eddie’s expertise and artistic sensibility are instrumental in the development of all aspects of Campania’s cast stone creations, especially our distinctive fountains and containers. His talent and commitment are integral to the success of our cast stone designs.
Pawel Mikoluk joined Campania’s design team in 2008. Pawel was born in Poland and studied as an electrical technician. He began carving wood sculptures as a hobby 16 years ago. A small garden ornament company recognized his talent, and hired him as a sculptor. He came to the United States with his family 5 years ago and worked for a small company restoring and creating architectural ornament in plaster. At Campania, Pawel specializes in carving fine decorative ornament, restoration and creating the original models for our containers and fountains. His talent, exceptional carving skills and versatility are highly prized here at Campania.
Peter also oversees a group of talented independent artists and craftsmen. For the past ten years, Campania has been privileged to work with master craftsman and technical advisor Ahmed Suliman. Ahmed is a classically trained artisan and master of period architectural ornament. His expertise also includes work in scagliola and architectural restoration. Ahmed’s extensive knowledge and talent in all aspects of the creation of architectural ornament and molds is an invaluable resource. Employing his knowledge of color and pigment, Ahmed also consults with Peter C. in the development of Campania’s new patinas.
Our most prolific sculptor, Mary Smith, has been working with Campania since 1997. A self taught sculptor with a background in textiles, Mary is a talented master of subjects and styles who thrives on variety and artistic challenges. Her beautiful and enduring designs, from birdbaths to containers to sculptures, are some of Campania’s most beloved pieces. An avid gardener, Mary often incorporates beautifully rendered botanical motifs in her designs. The breadth and beauty of her sculptures continue to impress and delight. Her designs have become classics of the Campania repertoire.
Some of Campania’s best loved animals are the work of Ken Memoli. Ken’s animated creations, whether whimsical or realistic, bring garden sculpture to life. Ken most enjoys sculpting figures, wonderful examples of which can be found in the Campania line. Ken always knew he wanted to sculpt and was inspired by his grandfather, a sculptor whose work includes projects on Mount Rushmore and Stone Mountain, Georgia. Ken studied sculpture at the University of Hartford and Oklahoma University, and has been doing independent and commission work for over 22 years. Ken has been designing for Campania since 1999.
Fiona Jane Scott was born in Kenya where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed. The family moved often during his time in the army and Fiona experienced many places and lifestyles. But as she moved from placed to place, it was the garden that became her haven and refuge. Fiona always loved art and creating. Captivated by the stories her mum read to her as a child, she wanted to become a toymaker like in the old fairytales. This love of fantasy and her love of animals have inspired her to create mythical dragons and other whimsical creatures for the garden. She began sculpting in 1992 when a friend asked her to create a sculpture for her garden. She has not stopped since. She has worked on special effects for two of the Harry Potter moves and is now a full time sculptor living in Hove, England. In 2006, she started her own company to produce her distinctive garden statuary. Fiona has now brought her passion for imaginative high quality garden statuary to Campania for our newest line of cast stone garden ornaments –Mythicals.
Each member of Campania’s design team is characterized by an abiding passion for their craft and creative process. It is this passion which continues to invigorate Campania’s reputation for design excellence and innovation. Campania’s original designs are copyrighted and bring distinction to every garden center that carries Campania product.