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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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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!

Departure Point

Via XX Settembre, 7, 50056 Montelupo Fiorentino FI, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY La Galleria Nuove Forme d'Arte

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  • "We were staying in Florence and is is an easy 20 min train to Montelupo and the shop is right near the station!" See review


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Great experience at Montelupo
, Jul 2021
When we came in, Matteo (the guide) was excited already. He gave us a tour arnound the shop and factory. The people who work there, where more than happy to tell us how to work with ceramic. They gave us al the time we need to ask al our questions. Personally we enjoyd the tour around the place more than the workshop because of the excitment from everybody. We orderd also a personal ceramic. It was a lovely day.
, Jun 2021
Amazing experience. Matteo and his family were so warm, welcoming and passionate. The shop is amazing with a lot of beautiful ceramics. I 100% recommande
, Oct 2020
I wish I could give this experience more than 5 stars. This was one of my favorite memories of my trip to Italy. La galleria makes you feel at home in their studio you feel like you are part of their family! We had so much fun admiring all the amazing pieces and creating our own pieces. I highly recommend this experience!
The tour was great!
, Feb 2020
The tour was great! And the people were Great too, thanks for everything :) I enjoyed the history of Montelupo pottery!
Must do while visiting Florence
, Feb 2020
This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Florence. I can’t thank Matteo and his family enough. They were so friendly and welcoming throughout the whole experience. I was nervous about having to take the train to the outskirts of town but Matteo was amazing and helped me figure out which train to take and how to get to Montelupo without any issues. Matteo met me in person at the train station and gave me a wonderful tour of the workshop and factory. It was really interesting to see and learn how some of these talented artists produce all their works of art by hand. After visiting the factory and showroom, Matteo drove us back to the shop where I got to personally learn how to make my own piece with his amazing father. I had a pretty specific bowl I wanted to make and he did not hesitate to help me measure and shape my piece exactly like I had envisioned. Matteo’s mother was also so nice to help me decide on the colour and design my piece will have when it is ready to be glazed. Thank you again Matteo to you and your family for such a great experience. This is definitely something I will never forget.
Treated Us as part of the Family! We will never forget this Fabulous Adventure!!!
, Nov 2019
This was a dream come true. I was looking for something to do on my Birthday while we were in Italy on vacation. Everything was wonderful the tour was spectacular and the lesson was amazing! Once they realized it was my Birthday they very quietly put together a spur of the moment birthday snack complete with a candle. I was able to make a piece and Matteo and family are going to fire, glaze and ship it to me in the states. It doesn't get much better than this!!!
Best activity ever!
, Oct 2019
I was arriving by train from Florence and know very little Italian. They met me at the train station walked me to their shop. The mother was there to greet us warmly and showed me around the shop. I felt so warmly welcomed.The son, Matteo, speaks very good English. He took me on a tour of their factory, showing me the entire process and introduced me to some of the people working there. Each piece is hand painted and they put out thousands of beautiful pieces of ceramics weekly. We then went back to the shop where a wheel was set up for the father to give me a throwing lesson. He was very patient and I ended up with a decent looking pot which they will glaze and fire and mail to me at home at no extra cost. It was so much fun and the family is very warm and gracious. What a great adventure!
Glad I found this from a simple google search!
, Oct 2019
My husband and I wanted to book some things to do while staying in Italy so I suggested a pottery making class-searched on google and found this one. It was a quick hop on the train from Florence and the town was lovely as well. Matteo was a great host and I loved seeing the shop to see how the pottery is made behind the scenes. We can’t wait to get our handmade pieces and the additional one we ordered from the showroom! It was definitely an interesting experience since it’s not something you do everyday. I’ll be able to look at our pieces and remember our trip to Italy and Montelupo.
Favorite part of our trip!! A must do near Florence!
Laura C
, Aug 2019
Matteo and his family were extraordinarily kind and inviting! Matteo was so patient and spoke excellent English. My daughter (17) and I loved using the pottery wheel and got to make some really great pottery. Matteo's father showed us how to make the pottery and was an amazing teacher--we really got to make it on our own with some help! It was so great to get out of the touristy area and spend some time in Montelupo. Matteo met us at the train station and gave us a private tour of the ceramic factory. We were staying in Florence and is is an easy 20 min train to Montelupo and the shop is right near the station! The family's pottery was absolutely breath taking. After we made our pottery, we enjoyed walking around Montelupo and had a delicious lunch and some great gelato! TRULY AMAZING I cannot reiterate enough how warm the family is! Great hands on experience! We had so much fun, and will have our beautiful pottery pieces to remind us of this special experience!
Wonderful Tuscan pottery experience
, Feb 2019
We had a wonderful morning with Matteo and his family, getting hands-on and eyes-on the beautiful pottery that the family has been making for generations. They were charming, welcoming and understanding of our lack of Italian and lack of skill. We went to see the 'factory' where the work is all made, then spent time with Matteo's father who is the master potter. My daughter and I both made pots on the kiln, guided by the master! We had been staying in Florence and took a few hours away to come to Montelupo...this turned into the highlight of our trip. Highly recommended!

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