Leoncini italian pottery
Leoncini Italian Pottery | San Gimignano Italy

Italian Pottery

How Italian Pottery is painted

Inside the artisan shops

Inside the artisan shop, where pottery is painted, you will always find hugh tubs full of glaze.
In each tub, there is a different colour which will produce the covering glaze for the several pieces of hand-made Italian pottery.

Preparing the terracotta pieces

The terracotta part that needs to be glazed is taken with special pliers (for bigger items, by hand) and dipped in one of the tubs.
Then it is kept in a place where the terracotta can absorb the glaze and be ready to be decorated. Then, the artist draws the initial pattern with a pencil.

Painting the Pottery

The item is then hand-painted following a scale of colours, generally from the lighter ones and usually starting to paint the bigger parts of the terracotta piece. Little by little, all the spaces are covered by the colours and as a final touch, some special varnish is sprayed to make the surface look smooth and shiny.
The piece of Italian hand-painted pottery is left to absorb all the colours before being fired in kilns at very high temperatures.
We would like to specify that all the glazes used by our artisans are lead-free.

We invite you to visit our online store where all our Italian pottery products of our artists are shown.


San Gimignano (Siena)
Tuscany - Italy
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