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Bologna. The artistic pottery, terracotta and glass manufacturing

Province of Bologna

bologna pottery terracotta and glass

Pottery manufacturing in the area of Bologna dates back to ancient times. During the centuries many potters who had been trained or came from Faenza, have settled in Bologna. However, the most important period for pottery manufacturing is the 18th century.

In today’s manufactured products we can find reinterpretations of decorations from the 18th century, typical of Bologna and Sicily, decorations with people from the Renaissance in Faenza, but also original drawings or some taken from engravings and Italian illuminated codes from Italy and in particular from Bologna.

Among the manufactured products are plates, tiles, stoops, devotional plates, sculptures, pots and various objects. Terracotta - with its traditional techniques - is used for low reliefs which take inspiration from the 17th -18th centuries and pots with Art Nouveau et Déco styles. The range also comprises glazed and hand-decorated terracotta panels, stone and ceramic mosaics mainly for flooring and hand decorated porcelain.

An important chapter in the history of Bologna is the one concerning the artistic working of terracotta. Ancient buildings and churches still show their facades full of decorations, low reliefs and statues made of this material.

The city can also boast an important heritage of sculptures made of this typical material by great masters like Niccolò Dell'Arca (Nicolaus De Apulia), Alfonso Lombardi, Sperandio from Mantova. Still today in Bologna we can find handicraft workshops that manufacture terracotta.

Another ancient tradition is the technique of glassblowing that has characterized, since the Middle Ages, the artistic windows in Gothic cathedrals which were real transparent mosaics.

From the mid 19th century until the first decades of the 20th century this artistic technique lived a sort of Renaissance. This technique is used for the restoration of the historical heritage but also for designing new glass windows. Recently, this technique has spread again, linking traditional techniques to new manufacturing processes.

 

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Bologna

 

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Last modified May 15, 2012

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