Marcello and Noriko with UTSA students

The courses aim to develop manual, cognitive, and creative skills. Students will learn the ancient Roman technique of “Ceramic Sigillata” using the distinct “Arancio di Urbino” clay collected in the hills surrounding Urbino. Students will learn about the history of ceramics and its development, create ceramic objets by hand using various techniques, and the decoration and firing of the objects.

Ceramics are among the first materials used by humans for domestic and aesthetic use. Ceramics have been the object of artistic, religious and philosophical development for all prehistoric and modern peoples.

The course topics include:

  1. Lucignolo: the manual shaping of the clay
  2. Lastra: the architectural construction of the clay
  3. Tornio: use of a wheel to shape objects
  4. Incisione: direct engraving on the ceramics
Class LengthClass SizeCost (Including Materials)
7 meetings of 2 hours each (total of 14 hours)Groups of 3-5 people€130 per person
Marcello collecting clay for the ceramics in the hills outside Urbino

Marcello Pucci, ceramicist and sculptor, was born in Urbino in 1962. After working initially with iron he encountered clay for the first time in 1998 and, from that time, began his personal research into the form, technique, and materials he uses today. His training was completed in workshops with masters in Italy, Europe, and Japan. He has researched and experimented extensively with the ancient Roman technique of “Ceramica Sigillata” which enriches the characteristics of the colors and the simple, almost primordial, forms. In fact, his sculptures appear to blossom from primordial nuclei.

Marcello Pucci has participated in national and international competitions and exhibitions with widespread recognition from public and critics. His works can be found in public and private collections in Italy and abroad.

For more on Marcello Pucci, read the profile in the 2018 edition of the Urbino Project