Museo della Ceramica (Pottery museum)

Museo della Ceramica (Pottery museum)

The Museum, established in 1996 and based in the castle of Spezzano, is a technological museum that tells the story of the production of ceramics linked to one of the most important ceramic tiles production district in the world

The museum of pottery was founded to document and trace the techniques used to produce ceramics during seven millennia. Each hall is dedicated to a particular epoch and is fit with display cases holding original findings or copies, panels showing historical environments and techniques, reconstruction of kilns and instruments for working ceramics. 

The museum itinerary includes rooms representing the following periods:
- Neolithic
- Bronze age
- Iron age
- Roman age
- Middle Ages
- Late middle ages and Renaissance
- Modern age
- Contemporary age
- Current age
- Contemporary collection

The Contemporary Collection: Inaugurated in 2000, Hall X of the Pottery Museum is dedicated to a contemporary collection illustrating the materials, new technologies, experimental research, technological and functional innovations that characterise contemporary ceramics. The Contemporary Collection was created gradually, configured as an ongoing collection of unique pieces, signed objects of high quality and already set in its own historical context; these are contemporary ceramics representing the most significant trends in the following fields:
- the art of pottery
- design and large pottery series
- architectural ceramics
- technological and functional innovation

The Ceramics Laboratory: Created at the end of the museum itinerary, this laboratory enables one to understand the simplest production techniques. It helps one regain long forgotten manual skills and acquire direct knowledge of the material characteristics.
The itinerary: For elementary, middle and high schools, the itinerary is broken down into two periods that cover the morning: the guided tour to the ceramics museum (approximately 1 hour: from 9:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.). Then, after the break (snack) the children go to the experimental ceramics laboratory (approximately 1½ hours: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon).
After a review of the items on display in the Museum, the laboratory enables direct handling of the clay under the supervision of a master potter. The experience is geared to one class at a time or a group of a maximum of 20-25 people. The finished products (photo to the right) can be given to those that made them or left at the Museum to be placed on display and/or possibly used as models.

Opening hours

The Pottery Museum opens every Saturday and Sunday 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm.


Free admission

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