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Industrial ceramics museums

The Ceramic Tile Industry Documentation Centre:
opened in 1995, the collection includes more than 1,000 tiles and testifies to the development of the industrial ceramic tile from the aftermath of WW2 to today. It also documents the production in Italy from an artistic, technological and commercial point of view. (Palazzina della Casiglia, v.le Monte Santo, 40 – Sassuolo, Modena).

 

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza:
One of the major museums of ceramics in Europe, Faenza’s museum is well known amongst ceramists for the international competition held every two years. The competition has resulted in the acquisition of an important collection of twentieth century ceramics, and there is a broad range of historical works, with an emphasis on Italian ceramics.
Ceramic Museum: this documents the different historical stages in the production of ceramics. It starts with the manufacture of clay in prehistoric times, then goes on to the introduction of moulds and varnish in the Iron Age and to the ‘barbotina’ technique for decorating sealed earth in Roman times. The Middle Ages and the modern period are documented by vitrified ceramics decorated with the graffiti technique. In the rooms, each dedicated to a historical period, the different stages of the ceramic production are highlighted from the Neolithic Period to contemporary times through the use of panels, models, and reconstruction of scenes, scale reproductions of kilns and original finds or copies. (Spezzano Castle, via del Castello, 12 – Fiorano Modenese, Modena, Spezzano).

 

The Museum of ceramics (Museo della Ceramica): This museum documents the history of ceramics, from prehistoric clay artefacts to the introduction of moulds and glaze during the Iron Age, and the use of slip for decorating Roman terra sigillata. The mediaeval and modern periods are represented by glazed ceramics decorated with the graffito technique. Each room is dedicated to a particular historical period, with panels, models, reconstructions, scale models of kilns and original artefacts or copies to demonstrate the variety of ceramic production, from the Stone Age to the present day. (Castello di Spezzano, via del Castello, 12 – Fiorano Modenese, Spezzano, Modena).