Tuscany vaunts an ancient tradition in ceramics, in particular in the area of Montelupo Fiorentino near Florence, dated back to the X century.
The raw material to produce ceramics - as for the earthenware - is the clay. Tuscany is rich in this material in the area of Valdelsa, encouraging, since the Middle Ages, the growth of an important centre for the ceramics.

It that time, artisans, felt the need to give to the raw clay a white coating to increase in value the object with painted decorations, consequently was developed and improved the cooking and glazing's technique.

The objects, usually for domestic use, like plates, vases and bowls were hand decorated with a brush designing floral or faunal themes, and coat of arms of the aristocratic families that had characterized the history of the Tuscan towns.

The artisans of the territory


Artesia ceramics is located in Certaldo Alto about 25 minutes drive from Montaione. Monica Lazzerini and Cinzia Orsi are waiting for you inside their artisan workshop.

Ceramic museum

Ceramic museum of Montelupo

With over 1000 finds exhibited, the Museum of ceramics of Montelupo tells through a fascinating thematic path the history of ceramic production in Tuscany from the 14th to 18th centuries.

Ceramic painting class

Ceramic painting class

A ceramic painting class is the perfect opportunity to learn about the art of ceramics decoration and painting techniques, all in a magical and relaxing atmosphere.