The Ceramics Museum It is a museum documenting the technological peculiarities of the territory, its historical vocation to ceramics. A journey to discover the ancient and current secrets of working with clay. finds, tools and furnaces, rebuilt through an experimental archeology, tell the ancient history of ceramics, the ways of decorating and the production techniques, from the Neolithic to the contemporary age. Eight rooms containing furnaces for ceramic firing, reconstructions of environments and equipment of the potter, illustrate a journey that begins with the domestic production of the Neolithic Culture of Fiorano, passes through the fine crafts specializing in Roman times and arrives at the brick mass production. Section Contemporary, dedicated to the industrial production of the "tile", the old industrial knowledge and the first steps of mechanization are narrated through the voices of the protagonists and machines. The museum is completed with the Contemporary Collection, a ceramic art collection of works, design, ceramics architectural and technological innovation.
curator Donato Labate
- Neolithic room (photo): the Neolithic village identified in the quarries of former Carani furnace - Fiorano and Fiorano culture techniques of processing and cooking in open hearth.
- Bronze age room: the terramare of the Po Valley; introduction of horizontal furnace and ceramic types.
- room iron age: the Etruscans; the simple lathe, the bricks to the architecture, the vertical furnace.
- Roman age room (photo): ceramic materials introduced by the artisan workshops; the vertical furnace, amphorae, the bricks for architecture and a spa for clay decanting.
- hall of the Middle Ages (photo): contraction in ceramic production, the recovery and reuse of building materials from the Roman era, the Lombard tomb of Furnace Bee (VI sec.d.C.); the size pietracotta
- the late Middle Ages and Renaissance hall: the glazed ceramic or enamel, majolica, the large-scale brick and dissemination in Italy of pavement tiles; furnace of the potter Piccolpasso.
- modern age room: spread of engobed ceramics, painted and engraved and molded architectural terracotta; reconstruction of the sixteenth-century workshop of ceramist Piccolpasso.
- contemporary age room: glazed ceramic and earthenware factories of Ferrari Moreni and Carlo Rubbiani; furnaces in a continuous loop; bricks, first tiles with dry pressing. Models for mechanical parts of a ceramic press Ceppelli, multimedia station with "Live voices" of the workers and the noise of the press in operation (curators Tullio Sorrentino and Stefania Spaggiari).
With the project labor the museum tells the story of the men and women who have contributed with their work to make the world famous Modena ceramic district.