The making of “maiolica” in Florence has a long history.  The word Majolica, in Italian “Maiolica” is thought  to come from Medieval italina word for Majorca, an island on the route for ships bringing hispano-moresque wares from Valencia to Italy.

From the late 13th century, refined production of tin-glazed earthenwares made for more than local needs was concentrated i the central part of Italy, especially in the area surrounding Florence, reaching by the 15th century an astonishing degree of perfection.  Among the most important families, also the Medici invested in the creation of majolica pottery.

Weather you are a beginner or an experienced amateur potter, and if you ever wondered how pottery is made, this is an experience you cannot miss.  With the help and knowledge of Romano Pampaloni, a master potter, and Nicoletta Malavolti, a professional pottery painter, Giuditta and myself you will learn the process of the making of majolica.

The course is designed to cover all the aspects of this art.  You will be provided with your own potter’s wheel to start learning how to handle clay, in order to create with your own hands an object.  The next step will be to learn how to hand-decorate it, using the same pigments used in the past.  The class takes place in the school run by Romano and Nicoletta, in the hearth of the historical center of Florence.

The class duration is approximately 3 hrs in total and each student will be provided with its own equipment.

We only take small groups, as this allows for individual attention to be given in a special and informal atmosphere.  An experience for everybody, especially family and kids!

Monday to Frida ( morning from 9:00am until 1:00pm, afternoons from 2:00pm until 5:00pm).

The school is closed during Italian holidays and trough the month of August.