How to make handmade Tuscan Ceramic: a course with a master potter in Montelupo

Classes & Workshops in Pisa

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Hi, my name is Matteo and thank you for being here!  In my family business we make Tuscan pottery since generations, and after achieving the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor we decided to open our knowledge to everyone that is curious to discover that very ancient tradition and wants to learn its secrets. In a full immersive two/three hours class we will experience together all the process in ceramic making. Our shop in town is like our house, it is open since twenty years and it will be a pleasure to share our passion with you. The factory is a bit outside the city (in case I will bring you there with my car) and is where we make the magic, and you will see how many hands handle one single ceramic from a piece of clay to a decorated majolica. Then I won't say more, it's a full-immersive experience that you have to feel with your eyes, your hands and your heart.
We first will meet in my shop in Montelupo fiorentino, an historical village known all over the world for its ceramic production, that it is situated in the middle of Pisa and Florence, reachable by train or by car in an about an half hour. If you are in Florence, the starting station is Santa Maria Novella (Firenze SMN), then the shop is four minutes by walking from the train station. The meeting in shop is recommended at 10 AM to start your experience. After knowing each other we will go together in the factory and I will show all the cycle of producing Tuscan handmade pottery, telling the history behind and explaining all the techniques. Then it will be your turn! We will go back to the shop where you will experience the "artisan workshop", you will make with my father your own pieces that subsequently I will fire and ship to your house for free, so you will always have a reminder of your trip in Florence! Being Montelupo a very nice village, in your free time you can decide to make a trip all around and also visit the wonderful ceramic museum that we have, or take some relax in the park of the Medici Villa. In any case I will make my best to make your experience happy and memorable. If you have any doubt feel free to contact me, I will reply as soon as possible!

What’s included

  • Raw clay, working clothes and ceramic wheel
  • Small-group tour in factory
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Double firing and shipment directly to your house included for free

What’s not included

  • If you would like there is the possibility to buy some ceramic (even personalized) that we make, choosing from the models in the factory or the ready pieces in the shop. Being that the shipment is free, you will get them at a very special price!