The Ceramics Museum of Faenza, a treasure to be discovered

5 July 2019 · Categoria Artistic ceramics

Ceramics have been produced in Faenza since the Middle Ages, but it is from the late fifteenth century, when the majolica technique reaches perfection, that decorations inspired by the Byzantine world, Arab culture and the Middle and Far East are developed. Faenza’s Renaissance decorations – the same that we produce in our shops even today – have become famous all over the world, bringing the name of Faenza to become synonymous with majolica.

The majolica of Faenza therefore has a long history that survives in the many shops of potters still working in Faenza, and is preserved in the International Museum of Ceramics – MIC.

MIC – International Museum of Ceramic in Faenza

International Museum of Ceramics - MIC

The MIC is among the main points of artistic and historical interest of the city of Faenza, as well as probably the most important museum of ceramic art in the world. Founded in 1908, its ceramics collection has grown over time thanks to the efforts of Gaetano Ballardini, director of the MIC until 1953. Read more >>

Faenza celebrating with the District A Weekend and Buongiorno Ceramica!

7 May 2019 · Categoria Events

The third weekend of May, the center of Faenza and our ceramics workshops will be the protagonists of a series of high artistic events!

District A Weekend – 17-19 May 2019

distretto a weekend 2019 a Faenza
On Friday 17 May the twelfth District A Weekend begins, the festival of the highly artistic district. This year the theme is GraziePrego (Thanks/You are welcome): kindness that brings a smile, an accompanying hand, one more word rather than one less. On Friday evening there will be the traditional Itinerant Dinner: more than 50 stops to eat and drink among installations, exhibitions and artistic performances. Saturday continues with Art & street food, with events, tastings, dining in courtyards, balconies, lounges.

Sunday morning we are waiting for you at La Vecchia Faenza (via Sant’Ippolito 23 / a) for Breakfast at the Shop: from 9 to 12 you can enjoy a good coffee and a freshly baked croissant from Pasticceria Flamigni served on a hand-painted saucer made by our ceramists for the occasion. The cost of breakfast is € 5 and includes the saucer! Read more >>

Visit the laboratory where our artistic ceramics of Faenza are born

28 February 2019 · Categoria Miscellaneous

We are at the end of February, but looking out the window, spring already seems to have blossomed! In the central hours of the day you can walk around the center of Faenza even without a jacket, to the warmth of this unusual winter sun. And after the beautiful windows of Piazza del Popolo you could take a walk in the shadow of the Cathedral, up to Via Sant’Ippolito. At number 23 / a you will find our shop La Vecchia Faenza where, behind the great exhibition of artistic ceramics, you can visit the laboratory where our creations are born.

A tradition that begins in antiquity – even in the first century A.C. – and became famous in the world in the 1400-1500, when most of the decorative styles that became symbol of the ceramics of Faenza are born. And the processing technique, from the fifteenth century to today, has remained the same!

The visit to the La Vecchia Faenza ceramic laboratory is therefore a real journey into one of the oldest and most appreciated traditions of Italian craftsmanship. An opportunity for groups and schoolchildren to look at a tradition that is still alive in the gestures and words of our ceramists, always available to explain each stage of processing.


Plates and vases inspired by a Renaissance majolica

30 January 2019 · Categoria Artistic ceramics

The ones you see in the photos below are some of the pieces we produce since the 80s, of different sizes and with some variations, inspired by a fifteenth-century vase probably made in Faenza and kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The idea of ​​re-elaborating the decoration of such an ancient and important ceramics came to us during a visit to the famous London museum in the late ’70s: we had just started the activity and we were literally enchanted in front of a room full of Renaissance ceramics (at that time the museum spaces were not rationalized like today: the display density was greater, there were a great quantity of pieces in a single room and the glance was of great impact). We were not equipped with a camera, so we pinned on a notepad the decorations of some pieces, among which the vase decorated with braided neck animals that we interpreted as a symbol of marriage, love and, in general, of union; it was probably commissioned to give a couple of newlyweds a present.

We have thus created plates and vases in majolica variously decorated: in the picture you can see a vase painted similarly to the original and a plate that instead brings the birds with long braided neck surrounded by decorations in Pavona and Persian Palmette styles.

vaso e piatto in maiolica con uccelli dal collo intrecciato Read more >>

Large Raphaelesque plate with a scene inspired by a Gainsborough painting

28 December 2018 · Categoria Artistic ceramics

This large, hand-painted Raphael style plate with a scene inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s painting “Conversation in a Park” is now available in our e-commerce. Around the eighteenth-century scene, 7 medallions on an elaborate of leaves present small raphaelesque – little dragons and dolphins – created on the designs of the ceramist Giovanni Pretolani and painted in bright colors. The medallions stand out against the nuances of the leaves, ranging from spring green to autumn browns.

Piatto raffaellesco ispirato a Thomas Gainsborough

It is a unique piece, particularly valuable for the great effort required both in terms of decorative capacity and for the hours of work required. Once exposed, you will spend long moments staring at it to catch every detail of its minute decorations.

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