Deruta and its ceramics

Small Umbrian village, charming town lost in the valley of the Tiber river, Deruta was born as a distant fortress of Perugia. Famous in the world for its incredible ceramics, it is a place of art and creativity. Even today, handmade ceramics are made here according to the centuries-old traditions of this area.

The different types of ceramic derive from clay and are the so-called terra cotta, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain which are distinguished by the proportions of elements contained in the clayey compound, in which quartz, limestone, marl, feldspars, kaolin, sodium and albite. The ceramics painted in a thousand colors all differ from each other and it is this originality and exclusivity that makes a Deruta ceramic a unique piece in the world.

Inaugurated in 1988, the Deruta Ceramics Museum is the oldest ceramic museum in Italy, also called the “Artistic Museum for majolica workers” and was a place of inspiration for all the great artists of the 1900s. It contains over 6000 works and is located right in the historic center of Deruta.

Inside the museum, upon reservation, workshops, thematic visits and educational activities can be carried out to discover the secrets of the ancient techniques.
The workshops are aimed at all age groups, children, teenagers and adults, in Italian and English. It is possible to choose between the various laboratories, such as:

Drawing using the ancient technique of dusting and painting a tile with ceramic colors.

Engraving on pictorial decoration.

Clay manipulation activity to make a small object.

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