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Handmade Sicilian pottery - Sciacca

Sciacca is a small Sicilian town, very popular for its colorful ceramics.

The archaeologists have discovered firing kilns dating as far back as to the 14th century when hand painted tiles were commonly used to decorate public monuments and noble palaces.

About 200 years later, the reputation of local pottery makers was well established and their artifacts - such as jars, plates and figurines – in great demand.

Unfortunately, most of the early production from Sciacca has been lost, particularly the magnificent tiled panels and floors of the church of Santa Margherita and the church of San Giorgio dei Genovesi. Only nine tiles from the original floor of the Duomo di Monreale have survived and are currently hosted at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

 

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