The ceramics:

The arts at
the Barco Ducale
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Forno Piccolpasso

The laboratories of the Civic Museum are housed at the Barco Ducale of Urbania, former hunting ground of the dukes of Urbino, situated 1 km from the town. Inside the 18th century ex convent, restored in 2008 will be exhibition areas which will trace the complete history of local ceramics.

The arts at the Barco Ducale

In June 2008 an ancient kiln was reconstructed and there will be laboratories for ceramics courses, clay throwing, decoration and restoration.
A part of the complex is intended for various uses and high level cultural events.

1 Trial kiln lighting
2 Piccolpasso exhibition
3 Exhibition of Raku ceramics
4 Blowing onto a piece that has just come out of the kiln
5 Raku exhibition at the Barco Ducale by Orazio Bindelli and Nicoletta Braccioni
6 Barco Ducale future home of the Civic Museums Laboratories
7 Internal courtyard
8 Construction of the wood kiln according to the design by Piccolpasso 1548

Other spaces will be dedicated to new ceramic techniques, to copperplate engraving and art history. A project is being developed for a museum-school dedicated to the great Casteldurante ceramist Cipriano Piccolpasso (mid XVI century), for didactic training useful for understanding the creative processes of ceramic production. There will be fragments of majolica as well as pieces of Durantino revival, popular ceramics and examples of raku techniques by the ceramist Orazio Bindelli.

The laboratories of the Barco Ducale museum of Urbania are part of a group of museums which include the Museo del Metauro della Comunità Montana, the Museo Civico di Urbino and the Museo di S. Francesco di Mercatello sul Metauro: