Liberati Ceramiche d’Arte – Experimentation and innovation

In my work there aren’t any arrival point and to planning targets would mean to limit its creativity – Giuseppe Liberati

liberati-logoThe Liberati Ceramiche d’Arte, near Villamagna in the province of Chieti, it’s a prideful craftsmith and art reality of Abruzzo.

It is dedicated to the manufacture of ceramics, from the eary stages of the processing to the last decorations made by the skilled hand of Maestro Giuseppe Liberati. His work aims to always reach the best quality in all the products, through the cohesion between art and the craft tradition of Abruzzo.

Founded in the 1980 it has always been a family business, and from the beginning Giuseppe decided that every piece should have be handmade by trained labor, schooled inside the company under his careful watch.

Driven by his motto “in my work there aren’t any arrival point and to planning targets would mean to limit its creativity”, Liberati has always followed two distinct line of work when it comes to his production.


The most traditional part of his work is made through a fine technical execution and a particular study of shape, colors and decoration from the typical regional tradition. The other part, more personal and creative, came from the idea that research should have a central role if the ceramics manufacturer want to be open to progress and change. Experimentation and innovation, now just like yesterday, have a central role in Liberato’s laboratory, becoming a fundamental part of the “company philosophy”.


But perhaps the most fascinating feature of this artisan reality is the fact that, since the begining, every aspect of the business has been managed by Giuseppe’s family. In a time when lots of small business can’t keep up with the challenges of the new economy the Liberati family works as a team, contributing each one with their skills to the growth and the diffusion of their art.


Thanks to their expertise Giuseppe’s sons not only tale care of the comunication and the marketing for the shop, but also works with him in the laboratory, experimenting and improving on the knowing that has been pass to them.


Tribute to the Pope

Giuseppe Liberati has personaly tribute the Pope Giovanni Paolo II with one of his work: il Cristo (h. cm 50 x 55)

Giochi del Mediterraneo

The Liberati Ceramiche d’Arte has been the exclusive furnisher for the Organizing Committee of the XVI Giochi del Mediterraneo (Pescara, 2009), for the ceramic production of the mascotte, the logo and the medals for the event.


Limited edition bottle with a ceramic label, with only 400 pieces produced for the Cantina Tollo for the celebration for the 150 years from the Unfication of Italy. The n° 1 bottle has been presented to the President of the Repubblic, Giorgio Napolitano.

Solidarity Favors

The Liberati Company, according to the Social Responsibility Policy for Business, has created a partnership with the CISC confederation of Abruzzo and the social association Marte with the goal of promoting social activities

Ceramic Class

The making of ceramic has ancient roots in the culture and history of humanity. Rediscover the contact with handmade things, free the creativity with a path of learning and formation that leads to mastering the manipolation of matter.

The starting point for the search for physic, psychic and social well being.

With the new millenium, Liberati started a new productive cicle with the purpose of practice all the experimentation he had done in the past. The new production of unique pieces received an enormous consens form critics and enthusiasts, to the point that in 2006 the Region organized an exhibition of his work in the Palazzo of Emiciclio at L’Aquila. The event had a great success, and in that occasion Liberati’s mentor, Bozzelli, said to him: “now I can say that you’ve surpassed me”.


For the realization of the modern unique pieces special homemade glazes are used, enriched with crystals, gold, platinum or other metals, Raku technique and recycled materials. It is from a couple of years now that digital fire printing has being adopted in the line of production, with which it is possible to reproduce photos, pictures and logos on any ceramic support.

All this items are realized in the shop by expert workers; modern techniques and high quality materials are a guarantee of a fine workmanship and artistic value.



The technique

The Raku technique is attributed at the casual discovery of an artisan named Chojiro, in the second half of the XVI century. In this period the “té ceremony” was spreading between the people (until then it was a ritual belonging to the high class and the monks only) and lead to a great demand for appropriate pottery. In order to create ceramics that looks old and worn-out in a quickly way, Chojiro used the same material and technique for the prodution of tiles: sandy clay extracted from the oven in the moment that it reached the fusion point.

The thermic shock due to the cooling gives at the Raku ceramic its old and esteemed looks. The main difference between majolica and Raku is in the fact that the majolica objects have to cool down in the oven, while the Raku pass directly at the second stage – reduction – in which the oxygen percentage is reduced. This happens introducing smoking material in the oven (like leaves, sawdust, paper or sugar)  or, before the extraction, by setting a space with smoking material on which the piece will be lied down. The process ends with the immersion in water, that stops the reduction.

rosone in refrattario tecnica raku e ferro cm 45x45

The cooking

The Raku oven is really easy to build: it only needs a structure, even a metal bin, insulated on the inside with fiberglass to maintain the temperature. To heat the oven, usually around 960 degrees celisius, a gas burner is used in the bottom part of the bin.

Those are the cooking stages:

  • Filling the oven and turn it on
  • Removing the piece, almost translucent for the high temperature, and putting it in the sawdust
  • The incandescent piece lit a fire in the  sawdust
  • Reduction: once submerged in the sawdust, the piece is cover with a lid for removing the oxygen

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