In the small Marche town famous for its maiolica ceramics, a native son tries to keep the ancient art alive.
A painter is hard at work in his Urbania laboratory.
Silvio Biagini lifts a newly made ceramic plate off his shelf. He runs his fingers around the surface and prepares to adorn its blank face, paintbrush in hand. In an instant, images from Renaissance history start to form on it.
“It is an activity that requires passion,” he says in Italian through a translator. “If you have passion, everything is easier.”
Biagini has dedicated a great part of his life to painting the tin-glazed ceramics called maiolica, sometimes anglicized to majolica. He is a leading artisan in the town of Urbania who still practices this art. He is also leading the effort to keep this ancient tradition from losing its identity.
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