Ceramiche Mori has its roots in Montelupo Fiorentino, a small town that is historically important for the production of pottery. If you like true artisan products, don’t miss a visit to this workshop.
History of the ceramics of Montelupo
The history of pottery in Montelupo begins in the 1200’s when local artisans produced the so called “Maiolica”: a kind of ceramic inspired by the Moorish style, which was probably influenced by the Saracen invasions. The invasion brought bright colors to the artisans which today are still representative of the Ceramics of Montelupo. The influence of colors led to the creation of the most typical ceramic of all: the Arlecchini, which are most likely caricatures of mercenary soldiers.
During the Renaissance, Montelupo was one of the principal producers of ceramics in Europe, with up to 50 workshops within the town walls. The number of workshops grew quite a bit following the second world war thanks to new markets like Germany and the USA. Unfortunately, the current number has decreased to about 10, but surprisingly they manage to cover most ceramic production in all of Italy.
Historical Montelupo ceramics can be found everywhere in the world mostly because the Medici family donated them. They can be found not only in Italian museums such as the Uffizi in Florence, but also around the globe, for instance, at the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London and at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
Discovering Ceramiche Mori
It is in this context that Ceramiche Mori starts to produce the lovely pottery that is exported daily all over the world.
The idea came from Pietro Mori’s experience, who, in 2003, decided to open his own family business. The principal ingredient used to produce the pottery is passion, this is why, although Ceramiche Mori is a very small business, the ceramics are exported both nationally and internationally.
Seeing the artisans at work is a unique experience. Apart from the new technologies, which of course simplify the work at hand, the process has remained practically the same over the centuries. The products are all made by hand, and each one is different from the other. This is what makes them so special.
If you really want to learn everything about pottery, Ceramiche Mori offers the possibility to reserve a private lesson and, while you are at it, make your own souvenir. The lessons are held in English.
For more info and to have a look at the products, visit the official website.