Faenza’s Ceramics, The Beautiful Manufactures of Romagna
The traditional glazed pottery began as everywhere else, by the need to make containers for the water and continues with the need to create kitchen utensils such as bowls, pitchers, vases, etc. In addition to the simple everyday objects, kilns for firing pottery were used specifically to create ornamental gifts for the lords of time. Thanks to the oriental and Spanish-Moorish influences, in the fifteenth century in the craftsmen laboratories developed a very wide range of decorative motifs.
Of great beauty are also the central squares of the city of Faenza, which still overlook medieval and Renaissance palaces and the cathedral, which preserves the beautiful ark of S. Savino, by Benedetto da Maiano. The former convent of S. Maglorio houses the rich International Museum of Ceramics, source of pride of the town. The permanent exhibition of the MIC winds through two routes that separate the section on ancient ceramics, placed in the spaces restored former convent district, from that of the twentieth century which is instead housed in the new wing built at the end of the last century. With this choice, the museum wanted to highlight the fruitful relationship between the characters of the various styles and the "making ceramics" through the centuries, to the present day.
The renewed interest in the "applied arts", stimulated by the events of the beginning of the century, has initiated a formal, decorative and technical upgrade process (from Brothers Factory Minardi to those of Calzi Achille and Zoli and Melandri) that in Faenza involved, in addition to ceramics, various local artistic sectors: from the wrought iron to that of the cabinet, the furniture and cabinet making (the Joinery Casalini boasted, for example, a long tradition of craftsmanship, skilled carvers, marquetry and the collaboration of different artists).