Italian language and cultural school for foreigners
“Firenze nell'Arte”

Pottery course

The word ceramics comes from the ancient Greek κέραμος, 'Kéramos', which means "clay", "potter's soil." It is an inorganic, non-metallic material, very ductile in the natural state and which hardens after baking.

With ceramic you can make tableware and decorative items, building materials and coverings for walls and floors. Certain types of ceramics are used as coverings because of their great resistance to heat and their high degree of fusion. The colour of the ceramic material varies depending on the oxide chromophores contained in the clays (iron oxides, from yellow, orange, red to brown; titanium oxides, from white to yellow).

The ceramic object can then be glazed and decorated. In every tradition the final result expresses a particular aesthetic taste, the result of the artist's technical expertise, his/her creativity, his/her aesthetic taste and that of the society in which he/she belongs to.


  • Clay modelling techniques.
  • Turning techniques.
  • Colour techniques.
  • Glazing techniques.
  • Terracotta techniques.
  • Glaze firing techniques.
  • Notes on the materials used during the process.
  • Lessons on ceramic design, concentrating on colouring the object.