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Mani che intrecciano: weaving event in Urbino

Last weekend Salice Vivo (a very active association, based in Urbino, devoted to the study and development of basket weaving and all weaving arts) organized a beautiful event in Piazza San Francesco in Urbino with basket weavers (and other weaving artisans) from all over Italy (and Catalunya).

The beautiful square was liven up by the display […]

Everyday use pottery: Maurri-Poggi terracotta collection

I always wanted to write something about this beautiful Italian pottery collection, but I didn’t have good photos so I waited and waited… last weekend I had the possibility to visit Palazzo Ducale in Urbania again and to enjoy the new location of the terracotta pottery collection in the beautiful Torrione coperto.
The collection, donated […]

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    La via della Ceramica tra Umbria e Marche. Renaissance maiolica exhibition in Gubbio

La via della Ceramica tra Umbria e Marche. Renaissance maiolica exhibition in Gubbio

From today, until January 31st 2011 in Gubbio Ducal Palace: Renaissance maiolica of Umbria and Le Marche from private collections.

Over 150 Renaissance maiolica pieces coming from some of the most famous private collections in Italy. The exhibition, that includes some specimens that have rarely been displayed, connects towns renowned for their ceramic tradition during […]

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    Fermo, Marche: hilltop-towns, ceramics and the best organic salamis

Fermo, Marche: hilltop-towns, ceramics and the best organic salamis

Yesterday I had to go and provide some pork goodies for the season at Locanda della Valle Nuova. My favourite producer in the world is Doriano Scibé, from Grottazzolina in Fermo Province.
Fermo is the latest Le Marche Province, created only a few years ago, but the area “il Fermano”, formerly included in the Ascoli Piceno Province, […]

Natural Wool Dyeing 2-Day Courses

Natural Wool dyeing courses will be held this season at Locanda della Valle Nuova.

The teacher Marion from Cerquetobono (Urbino) will explain everything about local plants for dyeing, including the tradition and history of natural dyeing in Italy and Europe. Natural dyes are especially rich in this area where, during the medieval times and the […]

Urbania ceramics

I’ve been willing to take a pottery course for years, since my friend Patricia allowed me to try the amazing pottery-wheel-experience (she’s a friend now, but this happened the very first time we met!).
Urbania ceramics is famous, actually Urbania was known for pottery under a different name, Castel Durante, that was its name until […]