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CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE

WORKSHOP

WET FELT HAT

Maria-Federica, milliner

180

To create a hat beginning from carded wool by using the technique of handmade felt. What is handcrafted felt, and how does the process of felting work? The different qualities of wool, the differences between carded and combed wool. Creation of “Bergschaf” and “Merino” wool samples. Experimentation of decorative effects. How to create a three-dimensional shape without seams. Creation of a cloche hat or of an extra-faint Merino's wool beanie. The three-dimensional felt technique could be used to create many other objects. I will explain you how to keep experimenting. All the materials are included, and you will bring home with you a beautiful one-of-a-kind object made by your own hands.

LA SPEZIA, Sp

WORKSHOP

POTTERY DECORATION

Agata, ceramist

60

The experience begins with a guided tour around our factory. There you will be introduced to all the phases that are necessary for the creation of our products. In addition we will give you a brochure. There you could find all the information that have been explained to you during the visit. Decoration. In this workshop you will decorate an object in terracotta. We will choose it together. The first step is to glaze it. The second step is to decorate it. We will decide which decorative technique to use among: free-hand drawing, pouncing or by stencil. You could decorate one or more pieces. To complete them, they will be cooked for 48 hours. We will ship them to you once they are ready. (Free shipping only within Italy).

CALTAGIRONE, Ct

SPECIAL

BUCCHERO, THE BLACK TERRACOTTA

Gaetano, artisan of bucchero

216

The day will begin with a brief presentation of our atelier and an introduction to the main working techniques of pottery. In particular we'll focus on the Bucchero. At this point we'll be ready to put into practice that described, but first we'll have to familiarize with the tools. We'll then wear an apron and we'll clean the object with sandpaper and steel wool until we removed all the scratches of turning. Once we completed these operations, we'll polish the surface rubbing it with boxwood sticks. After that we'll engrave it by choosing a decorative technique between freehand drawing and pouncing. To complete the product we just have to fill the etchings with gold and platinum by using small brushes. We'll eat local products without cutlery, just with our hands. You'll then try the "crescia" which is a particular non-rised bread with the round shape that is cooked on carbon. It can be combined with cheeses, cured meats, cooked vegetables or sausages. After having signed the piece, we'll have to wait it to be dried out, and only then we can fire it. This will be done at a later stage in the open countryside. It is so since the process requires the use of coal with the resulting formation of black powder, moreover it has to be done when you have many pieces to be put within the furnace. Finished the firing, that consists in reaching about 900° C. in ten hours, and the consecutive cooling in 48 hours, we'll send the object to you at no extra costs everywhere in Italy. The day will end in the most beautiful square of Gubbio, in front of the “Palazzo dei Consoli”. We will get there by means of a neighboring elevator to the meeting place and we'll talk, sipping an aperitif, of medieval architecture, of the size and shape of the Palace resulting from the application of symbolic relationships related to esoteric numerology.

GUBBIO, Pg

WORKSHOP

INSIDE - FOOD ART

Monica, pottery designer and maker

36

The technique envisages the creation of clay's plates where to stamp fruit's tracks, to shape texture and low relieves. The concept of the “montessoriana” mold, is to show to the children “how to do to do”. This is done simply giving tools and technical information. The goal is to let them create through examining, rather than just do. Food art is reproduction by means of real tracks. All the techniques will be adopted gradually. In this way children will have the chance to create and decorate their own objects. The plate will be cooked during the night, and could be taken and painted the afternoon after. We will use natural non-toxic colors.

CARPENEDOLO, Bs

WORKSHOP

YOUR SPECIAL MOSAIC

Matteo, mosaic maker

102

What better than your name can identify you? Decorate with a mosaic the initial of your name or of the person you want to give it to. Imagine the letter of your name with a mosaic part in it. You can use it to furnish an old dresser, a shelf, or any other place to bring your personality. In fact in this workshop you can decide the decoration and the color of the tiles. These will be used to fill up with a mosaic the etched space in the wooden letter. Later I'll show you how the marbles, stone-paste and gold leaf tiles are cut. We'll see how to lay the glue down and how to position the tiles to create the decoration of your personal letter. Of course, once the object will be finished, you can bring it back home with you. The only things I ask you is to tell me the chosen letter, so that you can find it ready to be decorated. Moreover you can choose between the blue or dove-grey color to paint the letter yourself. The workshop will last about 2/2.5 hours.

PARABITA, Le

WORKSHOP

STUCCO WILL BRING YOU LUCK!

PATRIZIA, artisan of gypsum

72

Are you ready for a journey among beauty? I'm going to take you in the fascinating world of stucco, a history as ancient as man. Imprints in mud can be considered as primordial molds. It all begins from the gypsum's dust that capable hands transform into artworks. With this you will prepare the mixture to be poured into molds that are made in the atelier. All the creative-productive process, in fact, is the result of research, experience and know-how accumulated over many years. Now have fun: wear Renaissance fashion aprons, use brushes, colors, soils, glues, shine with brass, silver, and gold leaves, paint with ancient lacquers, rub the beeswax, sign your work to make it unique! Believe it or not, it's suggestive and fascinating to create an object that brings good luck and wellness within our homes. During this workshop I will initially present to you my activity. After an introduction to the ancient art of stucco, we will go through the preparation of the dough base. Once we have done this, we will proceed with the pouring in the horn of plenty and pomegranates' molds. We'll then get ready for the leaf gilding. At this point we'll move to the leaf lightening of the relieves, before passing to the pictorial decoration and to the brush writing. Once we are done with these stages, we'll be ready for the painting, the coating and the final lacquering. At the end of the workshop I'll provide you with the object that you created, the booklet, the Diploma of Participation and the “weirdo license” of Gubbio. This envisages a really particular procedure to be carried out, exactly in front of my atelier!

GUBBIO, Pg

WORKSHOP

MARBLE AND STONE TAKE SHAPE

Luca, sculptor

108

This experience in my workshop will last a few hours, during which I will support you in the creation of an artifact carved in stone, with hammer and chisel in your hand and you will experience the thrill of giving birth to a piece of work just with your creativity and your manual skills. At the end of the workshop you will bring home your own creation.

GUBBIO, Pg

SPECIAL

LEATHER CLASS

Giuseppe, leather craftsman

120

During this experience you'll be able to create 4 small leather or fabric goods, such as frames for your photos or a hard cover for your personal planner. You can choose the type and color of material to work with and, under our guidance, you will learn all the steps for the realization of the products that you will bring home as a memory of the experience. The workshop will end up with a dinner based on pizza, cooked in a wood oven at the craftsman's house.

GUBBIO, Pg

SPECIAL

ENJOY TUSCAN HILLS

Tommaso, leather craftsman

720

This special experience has been conceived for those that want to dive into the typical rural life of our lab. In four days, you will have the opportunity to try our particular leather dyeing process but also to taste traditional food and take part in the grape harvest. The experience will last 4 days and 3 nights, during which you will stay in our farm holiday where the lab is located too. Activities will be scheduled as follows: • Day 1: welcome meeting and room placement, aperitivo and welcome dinner with traditional food from Tuscany. • Day 2: after a brief introduction to the history of our Pellevino color, we will make a color mixing demonstration and the subsequent application. Once you understand the process, you'll be trying first person to apply the resulting colors on different materials. We will have lunch on our veranda (weather permitting) or in the carriage’s room next to the historical villa Cecchi. In the afternoon we will head to Pescia to explore the downtown, and then you can have a private dinner or book it at our farm holiday. • Day 3: it’s grape harvest day! We do have an ancient vineyard, so you will have the chance to harvest some grapes or just watching us celebrating this traditional event. You will then have a tasting of traditional food and a tour in the wine cellar before having lunch. In the afternoon, you will relax next to our swimming pool surrounded by the tuscan hills, before having our goodbye dinner. • Day 4: it’s time to leave, but we do want to have a feedback from you, regarding the days you spent here.

PESCIA, Pt

SERENA

ENCHANTING. Enchanting is definitely the first word that comes to mind, green fields, sun, farmhouse in the countryside. Nicola was very friendly and did not fail to explain every little detail of this his art that he mastered expertly.

WORKSHOP WITH NICOLA, THE JOINER

JOSE'

PERFECT! It was perfect in every sense of the word. Marisa is a wonderful trove of history on the impiraresse tradition in Venice and how it affected and continues to in her community! Beautiful stories and photographs transported me to another time…

TOUR WITH MARISA, THE BEADS STRINGER

EXPLORE THE MOST ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS

SALENTO FLORENCE UMBRIA

HIGHLIGHTS

SONIA
bookbinder and restorer
EUGENIO LORENZO
luthier
ELISA
goldsmith

SELECT YOUR FAVOURITE MATERIAL

GOLD LEATHER WOOD

DEDICATED TO CHILDREN

WORKSHOP

BEADS IN FAMILY

Marisa, glass bead

48

Do you want to play with the glass beads in my colorful lab with your family? It seems like being in a treehouse! You will learn how to string beads as the Venetian "Impiraresse" do, and the kids will challenge their parents in some games of skill and fantasy. Then, once you get familiar with this art, we will create a little wonderful present that you will carry with you to remember our meeting. And if you want to discover more about the venetian glass beads, their preciousness and their travels to far horizons, I will be happy to tell you some good stories about them. Trust me, we will have fun!

VENEZIA, Ve

WORKSHOP

THE WHOLE FAMILY STARTS TO PRINT!

Gianpaolo, screen printer

90

This is a tour for families inside the discovery of screen-silk printing, a technique that allows you to experiment with colors and make a reproducible work of art while maintaining its uniqueness. The hands-on workshop takes place in the historic silkscreen laboratory of Cannaregio, in a unique and authentic Venice where art and tradition come together and come to life in the ancient crafts of the artisan workshops. Immersed in an archive consisting of more than a thousand works of art printed from 1968 to present, you will learn the secrets of the silkscreen and you will experience the printing of a one-color graphic on a support you choose among cardboard, t-shirt or canvas bag, which you'll take home as a souvenir of a creative and unusual adventure.

VENEZIA, Ve

WORKSHOP

WOOD FOR KIDS

Paolo, joiner

30

Creativity and dexterity are concepts that should be encouraged from an early age. This hands-on workshop is designed as a sensorial itinerary for children, even at they first experience with woodworking. The meeting will begin with an interactive explanation of the various tools, we will hear the noise they make and try them, we will touch and smell the different types of wood to learn the differences in accordance with a game to know and recognize. After this brief introduction, the kids will be ready to put the "hands-on". Depending on the available materials in the laboratory, the "young carpenter" will create an object, which will always be different from time to time so that they can also have a wow effect at the end of the activity.

BOLOGNA, Bo

DISCOVER THE BEST ARTS AND CRAFTS MUSEUMS

SHOES MUSEUM OF VILLA FOSCARINI ROSSI

STRA, Ve

MUSEO DEL CAPPELLO DI MONTAPPONE

MONTAPPONE, Fm

MUSEUM OF CERAMICS IN FAENZA

FAENZA, Ra

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