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July 16, 2020

Ceramics and Terracotta, art of the territory


  • Orvieto
  • Castel Viscardo
  • Ficulle

Visiting time

  • 2 days

How to get there

  • Car required

The art of working with ceramics and terracotta has a long history and still today represents a form of craftsmanship typical of the Orvieto area. From the Etruscan bucchero to Roman ceramics, clay processing has developed hand in hand with the different historical eras reaching us with the most varied forms of art.

The artistic production of ceramics has a long tradition in Orvieto. Starting from the Etruscans. The working of clay and terracotta has taken on its peculiarity forms and motifs still appreciated today. Modern artistic productions and original reinterpretations have been added to the designs of traditional workmanship (deriving from the medieval and Renaissance periods) testify to a living art more than ever.

To better understand the tradition of Castel Viscardo in the manual processing of terracotta it is sufficient to observe the town; the bricks of the castle, the numerous activities that still produce terracotta, and the presence of the Museo delle Terrecotte.

Already from the origin of its name (Figulus, that is Potter in Latin) Ficulle reveals a strong link with the art of working clay, of which the surrounding territory is rich. This artistic work of Ficulle has had a specific type of product: the ficullesi pieces that stand out for their brown with green colours, and for a production that is mostly pieces for everyday use (plates, glasses, vases…).