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Grottaglie (TA) The XXVIII Contemporary Ceramic Competition is underway

From 24 July to 30 September 2021 in Grottaglie, the famous ‘city of ceramics’, the great exhibition of the Grottaglie Prize

In Grottaglie (TA), the famous city of ceramics, the countdown begins for the XXVIII Contemporary Ceramic Competition, the exhibition aimed at artists, both Italian and non-Italian, who express themselves through ceramic material. An exhibition, promoted and organized by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Grottaglie which will officially start on July 24 to close on September 30, 2021.


38 works have been selected, out of 119 proposals received from Italy and abroad, which will be exhibited in the hall of the Episcopio Castle in Grottaglie.

During the opening night the winners will be announced carefully judged by a jury of professionals. Two prizes are up for grabs: the Award for the Best Work of the Contemporary Ceramics Competition and the Personal Exhibition Award.

castello episcopio

The Contemporary Ceramics Competition, formerly the Mediterranean Ceramics Competition, has a long history that began in 1971 and which since then has gone through different creative phases and developments that have changed its form, planning and purpose: from a mere exhibition of local production to ground for discussion on the themes and techniques of international artistic ceramics.

What has remained unchanged and, indeed, has been further expanded, is the initial intent to implement a cultural effort aimed at renewal and opening towards a broader artistic dialogue, which, however, has its roots in a skill and competence. that Grottaglie can boast for centuries.


The selection and preparation of the works of the exhibition of the XXVIII Competition of Contemporary Ceramics, Grottaglie Prize, are entrusted to the curatorship of the art critic and historian Micol Di Veroli, independent curator former professor of Phenomenology of contemporary arts at RUFA in Rome as well as editor of the art magazine Exibart and author of the book Beyond every limit, which reviews the experiences of artists who, thanks to art, have pushed the boundaries of human possibilities.

Information XXVIII Contemporary Ceramic Competition

Place: Episcopio Castle, Largo Maria Immacolata Grottaglie (TA)

Opening hours: 10.00-13.00 / 17.00-20.00 (from Monday to Sunday).

Reservations and Information: Museo della Ceramica, c / o Castello Episcopio 099 5620427

Grottaglie (TA) and its ceramics

Contrary to what happens in other centers of ancient Italian ceramic production, Grottaglie (TA) is the only city of ceramics with a district entirely dedicated to the production of this type of craftsmanship.

Famous and important is the “Ceramics District” which rises in a rocky environment still in activity. The production of ceramics is ancient and still flourishing today, also thanks to the rich red clay quarries present in the area.

In the heart of this characteristic town, along the San Giorgio ravine, an entire district of expert potters has formed over the centuries who, by obtaining workshops and cooking ovens in the rock of underground environments used in the past also as oil mills, have been able to develop a flourishing artisanal activity today recognized and appreciated all over the world.

There are two main products of the Grottagliese figulina tradition: the “Whites of Grottaglie”, an artistic manufacture of a certain type of elite production characterized by the exaltation of the pure form through the use of white tin glaze, and the most characteristic rustic and popular ceramic , characterized by a color palette consisting of rotten green, ocher yellow, blue and manganese. The famous capasoni (from capase, that is capable), containers of considerable size shaped in distinct sections and subsequently joined and destined mainly to contain the wine, belong to this production.

Today Grottaglie with its 60 pottery workshops is included in the restricted list of the 40 cities of Italian ceramics.

Grottaglie (TA) e la sua ceramica

Contrariamente a quanto avviene negli altri centri di antica produzione ceramica italiani, Grottaglie (TA) è l’unica città della ceramica con un quartiere interamente dedicato alla produzione di questo tipo artigianato.

Famoso e importante il “Quartiere delle Ceramiche” che sorge in ambiente rupestre ancora in attività. Antica ed ancora oggi fiorente è la produzione di ceramica anche grazie alle ricche cave di argilla rossa presenti sul territorio.

Nel cuore di questa caratteristica cittadina, lungo la gravina San Giorgio, si è formato nei secoli un intero quartiere di esperti ceramisti i quali, ricavando laboratori e forni di cottura nella roccia di ambienti ipogei utilizzati in passato anche come frantoi, hanno saputo sviluppare una fiorente attività artigianale oggi riconosciuta ed apprezzata in tutto il mondo.

Due i principali prodotti della tradizione figulina grottagliese: i “Bianchi di Grottaglie”, manifattura artistica propria di un certo tipo di produzione elitaria caratterizzata dall’esaltazione della forma pura attraverso l’utilizzo dello smalto bianco stannifero, e la più caratteristica ceramica rustica e popolare, caratterizzata da una tavolozza cromatica costituita dal verde marcio, giallo ocra, blu e manganese. Appartengono a questa produzione i famosi capasoni (da capase, cioè capace), contenitori di notevoli dimensioni foggiati in sezioni distinte e successivamente congiunti e destinati prevalentemente a contenere il vino.

Ad oggi Grottaglie con le sue 60 botteghe di ceramisti è inserita nel ristretto elenco delle 40 città della ceramica italiana.


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