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You use a glass

to watch Your face

and you use the masterpieces

to watch your soul

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“You use a glass to watch Your face and you use the masterpieces to watch your soul”.

George Bernard Shaw

The handmade cotto is a classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to décor.

The handmade Cotto is produced with a selection of different kind of clear local clays which are filtered and worked with water.
The dough of clays is poured in the frames and worked with the hands to realize and to finish of the wished shapes with the thickness that starts from 15/20 mm depending by the size.

The produced shape is dried for a period of time that is included from 10 to 40 days depending on the size and on the humidity of the air. Times of planned cooking vary, depending on the size, from 30 to 36 hours to a temperature of 950/1000°.

The handmade cotto so obtained can be placed even rough (with the addiction of specific treatments), so they used to do in the fabulous floors of the noble buildings, of the churches and the cloisters of the ‘500, it is realized as basis to glaze and for the handmade decoration.