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How to make handmade Tuscan Ceramic: a course with a master potter in Montelupo

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Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy
How to make handmade Tuscan Ceramic: a course with a master potter in Montelupo
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Tuscany has been known for its pottery since ancient times, and with this hands-on class you’ll enjoy an introduction to traditional Tuscan “majolica” in just a few hours. Join a local artisan in his family-run workshop outside the town of Montelupo to learn how to work raw clay, fire, and glaze your own work. Once cooled from the kiln, your piece will be shipped directly to your home.
  • Try your hand at traditional Tuscan pottery with an artisan in Montelupo
  • Tour a historic workshop and pick up the techniques to making majolica
  • Create a pottery piece from start to finish, to be shipped directly to you
  • Optional transportation from Montelupo to the workshop outside of town
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Raw clay, working clothes and ceramic wheel
Small-group tour in factory
Transport by private vehicle
Double firing and glazing
Shipment - the pieces you will make will be shipped to your house!
If you would like there is the possibility to buy some ceramic (even personalized) that we make, choosing from the models in the factory or the ready pieces in the shop. Being that the shipment is free, you will get them at a very special price!
La Galleria Montelupo Ceramics , Via XX Settembre, 7, 50056 Montelupo fiorentino FI, Italy

We will meet in the shop, easily reachable by the Montelupo-Capraia train station in three minutes by walking (there is also a car parking there, if needed)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY La Galleria Nuove Forme d'Arte
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
The BEST experience of Italy!
Barbara_M
, Jul 2022
OMG..Best experience ever!! We were welcomed by the entire family ...they are wonderful. From the factory tour we learned so much about how special the pottery is and how much love goes into producing. My husband and I both made bowls and I admit his was better..great time.. we purchased a special piece to remember our time here in Italy....so much fun. Something to remember forever! The best!!!
star-5
Inside Look at Hand-Made Production Pottery for Brands You Know
Brian_B
, Jul 2022
As a ceramics and pottery enthusiast, I loved this experience. Matteo shared history of his family that founded the business over five generations ago. Spanning both traditional and more contemporary ceramics, you get an inside look at how “mass produced handmade pottery” is made. Spoiler alert, it’s really handmade. My favorite part was meeting a gentleman who has worked in the factory for many decades who’s job it is to make and attach every handle on every piece made. Really impressive operation. Matteo helped men with a custom order before returning me to the shop for a private lesson with his father, the master potter. Loved this and left with much admiration and respect for Matteo’s family.
star-5
An great memory made with my daughter! Mateo is the best along with his mom and dad!
Marie_D
, Jul 2022
The tour of the factory. Mateo was so informative about the history of the factory. Loved meeting all the workers there. Loved the one on one attention with the pottery wheel with his father. Our greatest experience in Florence!
star-5
Do Not Miss Out On This!
Meghan_H
, Jun 2022
This was one of our favorite experiences while we were in Florence back in April! Matteo was an excellent host, very friendly and made the whole trip an incredible experience. We enjoyed seeing the factory, getting to know how the pottery is created, and then of course creating our own pieces with Matteo's father. I can't recommend this experience enough -- it's a little outside the city, but it's a refreshing change of pace and you will get the most attentive, custom experience of any tour you can get in the area.
star-5
Great experience for my wife the practiced potter.
raymond_f
, Jun 2022
Excellent experience. My wife who is an experienced potter enjoyed the tour of the family-owned ceramics factory. Matteo was an excellent host and his father, the master potter, taught my wife a technique she is excited to explore back at home. A+ course!
star-5
Wonderful private tour of...
MARY_A
, Jun 2022
Wonderful private tour of the ceramics factory. Montelupo is a charming town outside of the big city. It was fun getting to make my own bowl and it will be shipped to me! Mateo was very welcoming and excited to share his family business.
star-5
Put your hands in the clay
Montse_C
, Jun 2022
We had a tour of IMA factory with Mateo, who is an excelent guide and then we had a lesson with the master, his father, with his aid we made a bowl, his mother was also there, a real nice family with a history of pottery. We had a fantastic experience.
star-5
Authentic Italian ceramics experience
Dawn_F
, Jun 2022
If you want a first hand experience of pottery in Italy this is the tour experience. The family is amazing and kind and their historic l knowledge of Italian ceramics is unsurpassed.
star-5
A fantastic experience....
Nathan_M
, May 2022
A fantastic experience. Matter and his family were wonderful hosts and lovely people who made this the best holiday!
star-5
Historic tour & personalized ceramics lesson - loved it!
Forrest_G
, Apr 2022
Unique and personalized tour of a generations-old master ceramics factory, including the showroom filled with beautiful & historic pottery. Then, a private pottery lesson from the owner-operator. We met the entire family, but were led by Matteo, who's cheer and passion for the ceramics business and Montelupo's history was infectious. We did not go 2 minutes without laughing or learning something new, and got to create beautiful pieces of pottery to bring home. Would recommend this experience to anyone, at any range of ceramics experience. I'm a novice, and my partner has been doing ceramics for 4 years, and our lessons were tailored to each of our skill levels.
star-5
Incredible Experience for Anyone in the Area!
Kyle_R
, Apr 2022
I booked this experience as a surprise gift for my wife, who's been interested in getting into pottery, and it was easily one of our favorite, most memorable things we did while in Italy! Mateo and his family are so kind, welcoming, and eager to teach you about their craft and their lives. Mateo took special care to explain every aspect of traditional Italian ceramic-making from start to finish in detail, and the tour of the factory was awe-inspiring! Getting to learn from Mateo's father, the master potter, was such a fun and fascinating experience as well! He was extremely patient and a blast to learn from, cracking jokes while also teaching the various techniques necessary to create a simple ceramic piece. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is a train ride away - I wouldn't trade it for the world!
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star-5
Recommend ❤️
Ghadeer_A
, Apr 2022
Beautiful experience ❤️ Matteo and His family were very welcoming and friendly.. we enjoyed talking with them and we enjoyed the information that Matteo shared with us.
star-5
A great experience
erma_v
, Apr 2022
It was a great experience! I was told all ins and outs on ceramics making in Montelupo, saw beautiful artwork, was guided by matteo who received me as family member, and I was taught how to make a vase from clay myself by his father who is a ceramist. Also a tour through a pottery fabric where i could see ceramics made and handpainted. I can certainly recommend this experience! Everybody was really nice and wanted to explain a lot.. Beautiful art work is made here too!
star-5
So fun and hospitable family!
Eric_M
, Mar 2022
Matteo did an amazing job showing us the factory and explaining how everything is made. Such a cool experience! Then getting to make our own pieces was equally as fun! Such an inviting and hospitable family! We can’t wait to see the pieces we made and the additional custom pieces we got to design!
star-5
Let your creativity flow
MarkE_W
, Feb 2022
If I could give this experience more stars I would!!! It was the best experience I’ve had in my life. We met Matteo at his store. He greeted us with a lot of enthusiasm and a big smile. He gave us a tour of the factory where they produce for companies all over the world and we were taken through the process from beginning to end. We also had the opportunity to video and talk with someone of the people in the factory who were equally as nice. We visited the showroom for a tour and had the chance to see so many different designs and placed a special order Afterwards his father taught / helped us create something and we laughed ate and took photos I can begin to describe how beautiful the experience was an equally so his lovely family They welcomed us to their town, shop and studio and I hope all of you book this experience
star-5
Best experience!!!
Anonymous
, Jan 2022
This was an AMAZING experience! We all enjoyed our time soooooo much. It has been a highlight of our trip! The family, factory, and shop are great. Everyone was so friendly, kind, and welcoming. The artistry and passion are palpable when in their presence, and it was awesome to be able to experience ceramic making in this beautiful town!
star-5
Super fun day!
Lori_r
, Dec 2021
Amazing! So fun, highly recommend to ALL! From the moment we arrived we were treated so well, everything was perfect!
star-5
One of my favorite memories in Italy!
akoltonski
, Dec 2021
This experience is an absolute must-do and will be a memory I will never forget from my time in Italy. Matteo and his family were so welcoming and sweet. The tour of the pottery facility was so interesting and one of the master potters showed me how to create some attachments for the pottery. It was a beautiful facility. I learned so much at the warehouse. The second part of the experience was creating your own pottery piece. This was so fun to work with the clay and learn some techniques. The best part of the day was being welcomed by Matteo and his family. They were such good people and really have a passion for art and pottery and teaching. I could not recommend this tour more!! Please book it and spend some quality time with a lovely Italian family creating art :)
star-5
Best tour ever
Judy_H
, Nov 2021
This was one of the most memorable and enjoyable tours we did in the couple months we stayed in Europe. Matteo was fantastic, the entire family was wonderful.
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Jennie_N
, Sep 2021
We cannot say enough good things about this experience. Matteo was a wonderful guide, showing us from beginning to end how pieces are made. His family has been involved in making ceramic for multiple generations. His father was excellent with teaching us how to make our own pieces! After taking the 20-ish min train ride from Firenze to Montelupo, we walked 5 min to the ceramic shop to meet Matteo. From there, he took us to the factory and showed us how everything is made. It was a wonderful experience and something we will remember!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Ciao Jennie, that's so kind from you, thank you for the wonderful words!! Wish to see you soon!

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