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Unveiling the world of ceramics

The experience will begin with an introduction to ceramics, the different types of clay and various tools. Then the whole process of creation, from row material to final firing, will be explained in every phase, including the use of the potter’s wheel (with a practical demonstration, if requested) and the characteristics of the kiln. The final part will be devoted to the ancient Japanese technique of Kintsugi (join with gold): after an outline of its origins, Adele will illustrate the process of repairing broken ceramic by highlighting its scars with real gold powder, instead of hiding them.

Art & Design enthusiast In action
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Adele Stefanelli


The globe-trotter of ceramicsThe ceramicist Adele Stefanelli has been strongly influenced by the Chinese and Korean artifacts she first saw visiting the Baur collection in Geneva when she was a student. Also, she was hit by the simple beauty of the Sudanese pottery she discovered while teaching English there. The objects in the Victoria & Albert and in the Shanghai Museum, the dozens of books she has collected from all over the world have strongly influenced her research. The perfection of the Song ceramics fascinated her and became her guiding light. She has spent time in South Korea, China, Japan (where she studied Kintsugi, the ancient Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with pure gold), learning from the finest masters. Adele personally works all her objects on the potter’s wheel and makes her own glazes. She mostly creates stoneware pieces (but sometimes also porcelains). In 2019 she opened her workshop in Venice: it’s in a fairy place, off the beaten track, where there is absolute quiet.

Audio guide

Audio guide

A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.


Where you'll be

Address La Giudecca 213,
30133, Venice

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Things to know

  •   Guest requirements

    Please stay informed about the latest Covid safety requirements in Venice and comply with any requests from the venues you visit, to ensure the safety of yourself and the participating artisans.

  •   When to arrive

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