From ceramics art to glassmaker masters
Faenza (RA) is known worldwide for its pottery – just think that the term “Faience” is still used as a synonym for majolica – but the artistic manufacturing of clay in Emilia Romagna also concerns other works, besides being a very old art.
Here the curious visitor, who loves travel souvenirs, can take an art object home choosing among different handmade items offered by the precious hand-painted majolica from Imola (BO), and even the rural baking pans of Montetiffi (FC), a small village in the heart of Romagna, which are used to bake the piadina.
The Ars Canusina® is a typical handiwork of the area of Reggio, inspired by the decorative motifs of the Romanesque art, which flourished in the land of Canossa under the impulse of the Countess Matilde. Each item is unique, properly made: ceramic plates, picture frames made from glass, mirror majolica stoves, table lamps, vases and lamps.
The ceramics, terracotta and glassblowing manufacturing of the area of Bologna also dates back to ancient times. Today’s manufactured goods are re-interpretations of eighteenth-century decorations of the Bolognese and Sicilian traditions; they are decorated with Renaissance motifs typical of Faenza, original drawings sometimes taken from engravings or illuminated manuscripts.
The Renaissance art of graffito ceramics is reproposed today in the artisan workshops of Ferrara with the same techniques and creative skills of the past. Besides the graffito ceramics, there are marvelous fireproof hand-painted objects made from fireclay such as pretty animal-shaped whistles.
Of particular interest are the terracotta of Rimini, the art ceramics and majolica decorations such as plates, trays, small jugs, votive images, vases, pictures, wall and floor decorations.
Earth, water and fire are the elements of a centuries-old tradition that characterized, from an historical point of view, part of the territory between Fiorano Modenese, Maranello and Sassuolo – and which today is the industrial heart of the “tile” production.
As far as the glass processing is concerned, the workshops of Modena, Carpi and San Felice sul Panaro will show the visitors all the secrets and techniques of ancient glassmaker masters.