Valentano, "heart of ceramics"
It has infinite forms, colors, sizes, designs and finishes. It is loved for its durability, functionality and versatility. We are talking about pottery, a material that has become part of the interior design and continues to drive our exports thanks to its many interpretations by the most famous creatives. There is a place in the region where pottery is a symbol: you can find new inspirations and unravel the secrets of it. Now close your eyes and imagine to arrive in a fortress surrounded by the trees, an ancient town where the Middle Ages and Renaissance blend together, and a lake, the Lake of Bolsena, which is the setting for an enchanting landscape. Welcome to Valentano, a town of nearly 3,000 inhabitants in the province of Viterbo: here the art of ceramics has been passed down for centuries, from fathers to sons.
Museums, laboratories and workshops on ceramics
Laboratories, workshops, museums: there are many places where you can admire these pieces of art. Let’s start from Piazza Cavour, 2, where we find Laboratorium, one of the most important places as to the production of pottery. Here inspiration comes from a distant past: the pottery creations, made entirely by hand, have a Middle Ages and Renaissance style. Vases, plates and sculptures “mimic” specimens collected over the centuries and exhibited in the most important museums around the world. If you wish to admire the most valuable pieces, stop at the Museum of Prehistory of Tuscia and Rocca Farnese in Piazza Vittoria. In the exhibition, a large collection of pottery from different historical periods are exhibited: it is like to make a journey across centuries, discovering how this art has changed and enriched iself according to fashion styles of different historical periods.
Near Valentano to learn the art of ceramics
A few kilometers outside the city center, there is a reality that deals with the processing of ceramics and clay with the technique of digital decal. B.A.M.A, (on SS Cassia Km 136) uses new technologies to traditional clay processing. For those who want to learn the art of ceramics and its secrets to make one’s personal creations, B.A.M.A also organizes courses and workshops for both experts and beginners. Discovering again the ancient art that has captured the contemporary taste.