A Ceramic Lover's Journey Through Italy
with Dott.ssa Elizabeth Brewster Thursday May 20th @ 18.00 pm
Dott.ssa Arch. Elizabeth Brewster is a native of San Francisco, California holds degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and Università degli studi "La Sapienza", Rome. She specialized in restoration and urban design. Her restoration projects have brought her to work in direct contact with the rich historical layers of Rome and Italy.
She has lived in Rome since 1988 practicing architecture, researching design and lecturing at university study abroad programs.
Pack your bags as we take a trip down the Italian peninsula with an expert in decorative arts and architecture to discover lesser-known medieval towns and hamlets where the art of making ceramics has been going strong for centuries.
Italy is world-famous for its maiolica, a brilliantly colored, hand-painted earthenware ceramic that has been produced there since the 1400s. Gorgeous maiolica tableware which once graced renaissance banquets of European nobility can be seen today in top museums such as the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert, the Ashmolean, the Met, the Getty, and the Hermitage. Today hundreds of artist and artisan workshops throughout Italy continue this tradition, handcrafting new pieces in traditional, regional, and contemporary styles.
We'll explore 5 important ceramic-producing towns, each from a different region: Faenza (Emilia Romagna), Deruta (Umbria), Vietri (Campania), Grottaglie (Apulia), and Caltagirone (Sicily). In each town we'll seek out the local maiolica traditions, looking for the unique colors, patterns, designs, and specialty pieces that are produced and sold there. We'll see historical maiolica proudly decoration each town's public spaces: in the streets and piazzas, on the building facades, and inside the courtyards and churches.
Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants might be inspired to visit some of these medieval towns, bringing with them a new understanding and appreciation of the ages-old local craftsmanship.
Pull out your ceramics and maps and grab a glass of whatever you like and join us for this stimulating talk/aperitivo at 18.00. We’ll cover a few general AWAR topics and then have the pleasure of hearing from this interesting speaker.
When: Thursday May 20th
Time: 18.00 pm Rome time CET
Where: Zoom virtual meeting
Meeting ID: 971 9974 2674
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