The ceramics:

The ceramics
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Casteldurante, Urbania and ceramics

" ..and the little tea table was prepared with cups and saucers in Casteldurante majolica, ancient shapes of inimitable grace..."
Gabriele D'Annunzio (Il Piacere - libro I)

In 1500 Casteldurante along with Urbino and Pesaro produced some of the most beautiful majolica of the Renaissance. In the Metauro town at the time there were 40 kilns alight for Italian and European clients and often the masters of Casteldurante left their homeland to export their art.  Cipriano Piccolpasso of Casteldurante wrote in 1548 the “Tre libri dell’arte del vasaio” stating the rules and secrets of the craft of ceramics.

Urbania

Casteldurante became Urbania in 1636; in the XVII and XVIII centuries skilful modellers and painters pursued the glorious tradition, renewing the art with “their elegance for the shapes and gentleness of the clay”. In Urbania today, in new workshops these traditions are kept alive.

Urbania was the first commune in the Marche to be recognised, in ’94, as an area of artistic and traditional ceramic production” by the AICC (Associazione Italiana delle Citta Ceramiche), (legge 188/90).

Urbania’s ceramics were exhibited in 1996 at the European Parliament in Strasburg, in ‘97 at the Tourism Fair of Lipsia (Germany), in 2007 in Prague as well as in exhibitions and fairs in Italy and abroad.

Every town produces its own particular kind of ceramics, which expresses the character of that place, that “genius loci” that exists in every special place.
This creative breath, this spirit of the Montefeltro, (an elf of the woods, a Metauro nymph or a putto from our majolica) makes each place unique and unmistakable, to be enjoyed with gratitude.”

Tarcisio Cleri