An ancient tradition links Appignano to the production of handmade terracotta and has made it known as "il paese delle còcce" (in english: "the village of pottery")

Terracotta, or ceramics, involves transforming clay by shaping it with the hands and other tools (such as a potter’s wheel) and then firing it at a very high temperature of around 1,000 °C. The application of decorations and glazing are the last step in the production process.

It has very ancient origins. Human beings have been familiar with this method of processing clay since the Neolithic age!
The first terracottas appeared around 8,000 years ago in Mesopotamia before arriving in Greece around 5,000 years ago and spreading to Europe later.

For centuries, ceramic cooking equipment was necessary and indispensable until the 1950s.

Appignano and its coccià (the potters) specialised in the production of everyday objects such as jugs (vrùcche), basins (catì), pots (pignòle), water bottles (vorracce) and many other everyday objects as well as plates and glasses, of course.

The traditional terracotta of Appignano is also recognisable for the simplicity of its decoration, a reminder of the town’s vocation for the production of a everyday ceramic, at the service of daily life rather than devoted to aesthetics.
The typical Appignano decoration includes 6 smudges around the jug (the typical one includes only a few black smudges around the jug on a ‘Appignano red’ background, which is actually a very vivid and intense brown).

But what is Appignano's history as a ceramic town?

Historical sources date the arrival in the village of Pasqualino Mariani from Caldarola to 1,557, who received an interest-free loan from the municipality to start a potter’s atelier.
In the previous period, the activity was probably already present in Appignano, but certainly Pasqualino’s skills in processing and firing methods in the kiln of ceramics gave Appignano pottery a qualitative leap forward and it increasingly became a point of reference for ceramic objects.

As time went by, the knowledge and experience of the craftsmen accumulated.
The colour production process is very interesting!
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For centuries, the clay needed by ceramists came from a plot of land near the village; a plot of land that provided a clay that was particularly suitable for pottery making.

What is Appignano handicraft ceramics today?

Since the 1950s, ceramic tableware and kitchenware have given way to industrial items made of plastic or metal.
Nevertheless, ceramic art in Appignano still enjoys great success!

Today, there are still a few fully operational workshops in the village. Some specialise in wheel work, others in decoration.
There is also a municipal ceramics school that spreads the popular culture and craftsmanship historical memory of this Marches village.

Today, in addition to ceramics for everyday use, the workshops also produce decorative objects (such as lamps, flower pots, etc.).

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