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.
YOUR HAND-SEWN BOOK
Paola, bookbinder and restorer
This experience is for those who want to take a trip inside the magic world of bookbinding. You will discover the whole lab, the machineries and the working tools, but most of all I will tell you how they work and how a book is made. After this tour we will put our aprons on and start working in order to create your own hand-sewn book.
You will decide how to make your book cover by choosing the material and I will teach you how to create a book only with needle and thread so that you’ll be able to do that. We will create together the structure of the book and the cover that can be personalized even with a golden engraving (yes, I will also show you how hot foil stamping is made!)
The final work will then be a unique book to bring home with you as a keepsake of our experience together.
RAKU POTTERY, FROM CREATION TO FIRING
The workshop is divided in two stages. The first envisages the creation of two objects (a dish and a vase) by using manual techniques and various molds. This experience will take place in the atelier of Verona, located within the shop. (it will last about 4 hours). The second stage instead, will be at the atelier of the Raku's furnace. It is in an open space close to Verona. It envisages the coloring and the firing of the objects. (it will last about 4 hours).
Total hours expected for the workshop are 8.
For the biscuit to be available, you have to wait at least two days. That is why we'll agree upon a the date of the second stage of the experience.
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.
CARVING THE PIETRA SERENA
Andrea, stone worker
We offer a guided tour within our lab. We want to give you the chance to get to know the main steps that allow us to create pavings, benches and gates starting from a piece of stone.
At the end of the visit one of our stone-cutters, will help you carving your name and/or surname on a piece of Pietra Serena. You will have your special souvenir then, so that you will remember of our meeting.
LASTRA A SIGNA, Fi
CREATE YOUR NUGGET
Enrica, goldsmith workshop
In this workshop I will help you transform some old silver pieces into little nuggets. These can be turned into pendants or rings that could be personalized with your initials. A nice memory to bring back home.
To make your nugget even more personalized, you can take some small pieces of broken jewels of yours. These will be tested, and later we can melt them through a gas torch. Then, by using a hammer, a file and sand paper we will shape them.
This is just a little taste of the jeweler's job...
FIRST STEPS TOWARD MINIATURE
Anna, miniature and typography
In the wake of ancient amanuensis, the gestures of calligraphers and miniaturists are living again. In the XIII century they gave life to flourishing and eminent “Scriptorum” in Gubbio. It stands out the figure of Oderisi, narrated by Dante in The Divine Comedy, XI Canto of Purgatory: “non se tu Oderisi, l'onor d'Agobbio e l'onor di quell'arte ch'alluminar chiamata è in Parisi?”. A fascinating art, made of pigments and gold leaves, goose feathers and nibs, inks and a lot of patience and knowledge. The final result though, is unique, and what you bring back home with you is such a precious and original object.