Discovering the Campania region’s ceramics and porcelain craftsmanship and traditions

Thursday, 13 January 2022 11:09

A journey into the traditions of the Campania region’s craftsmanship with porcelain and ceramics is an exciting way to delve into the region’s treasured art. One way is to join the numerous workshops organized in many facilities to offer visitors a chance to explore the trade and art of pottery. 

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Sunday antique fairs

Explore this art in towns like Cerreto Sannita with its interesting Cerreto Civic and Ceramics Museum, while in the nearby small village of San Lorenzello besides the historical workshops, every last Sunday of the month they hold the MercAntico fair.

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The Capodimonte Museum’s precious ceramics 

The best place to start is with the ancient and prestigious historical ceramics in the Museum of Capodimonte which has one of the most important collections of porcelain in Europe. The name Capodimonte is inextricably linked with the name of the porcelain manufactory financed by Charles of Bourbon, and in Capodimonte the priceless collections of Bourbon ceramics that had been scattered around the various royal residences were finally brought together.   

Ceramics and coloured tiles are produced along Campania’s coast

Many ceramics and coloured tiles are produced along the coast of the Campania region. From the mascarina rose which is typical of the pieces produced in Calitri, to the floral motifs reproduced in the laboratories of Cava dei Tirreni. Another stunning example is the dome of the cathedral of Vietri sul Mare which is an intoxicating carousel of colours silhouetted against the sky. 

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