Civita Castellana, the shops of ceramics
Civita Castellana, on the slopes of Mount Soratte, in northern Lazio, is built on a tuff block. The art of pottery is part of its history since the tenth century BC. Over time, its pottery industry has developed at an industrial level, becoming one of the biggest activities of the town economy, thanks to the production of sanitary ware, tiles and tableware. Though our journey, let’s discover small craft shops of the historical center, precious objects and small works of art made by artists and craftsmen.
The workshops of Vincenzo Dobboloni, better known as Mastro Cencio, is located in the historic center of Civita Castellana, a few steps from Forte Sangallo and Duomo Cosmatesco. Here, in via SS Martiri Marciano and Giovanni 14, Mastro Cencio makes his creations. Each artefact demonstrates his skill and sophistication. Specializing in art copies and reproductions of Etruscan, Faliscan and Greek pottery performed with original techniques, he wisely works with his small lathe. A large space is dedicated to the creation of modern and classic home furniture. Its artisan production bears the mark of Tuscia and the important regional mark of excellence for Artistic and Traditional Handicrafts.
Overcoming the Piazza del Duomo, behind the municipal library, in via di Corte 63, we find the antique furniture and Laboratory of artistic ceramics Matilde Querciotti and Franco Cirioni. Here both husband and wife work in unison in their small workshop. She is expert in the manufacture of ceramics, on which she paints in the typical styles of Tuscia; her husband, on the other hand, is the son of a ceramist and grandson of a carpenter, and deals with restoration of both ceramic and wood.
Leaving the historical center, at number 71 of Via Terni, we run into a museum-workshop atmosphere of the twentieth century. Here Anna Cirioni, very artistic familty, ceramics for tradition and passion, works in her laboratory. Starting from tradition, Anna Cirioni has created her own style. Her ceramics are made in pottery, a porous white compound, fired at 980 degrees, painted, and then again put in the ovens. Everything is done with the casting technique. Floral decorations, hand-made with lead-free colors, have a typically feminine touch with fresh and fast strokes.