BUCCHERO, THE BLACK TERRACOTTA
Gaetano, artisan of bucchero
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.
INSIDE - FOOD ART
Monica, pottery designer and maker
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.
YOUR SPECIAL MOSAIC
Matteo, mosaic maker
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.
STUCCO WILL BRING YOU LUCK!
PATRIZIA, artisan of gypsum
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!
Giuseppe, leather craftsman
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.
ENJOY TUSCAN HILLS
Tommaso, leather craftsman
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.