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Balducci Ceramics

Piazza delle Erbe 5, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 943188
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Wonderful Artisan

I watched Franco at the wheel and was fascinated by his craft. Purchased his cypress trees trio and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robin R
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Beautiful Ceramics!

We toured the ceramic shop and very much appreciated the numerous creative designs and the artisan... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Morgantown, West Virginia
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As you walk up from Piazza del Duomo on the right towards the Rocca fortress, by the foot of the Cathedral bell tower, you will find a craftsman’s workshop where art, earth, music and passion blend together in magical harmony. Here, Franco and Esther welcome you into the world of ceramic art. They opened the shop in 1990 to showcase this fascinating ancient craft; you can watch Franco working at the potter’s wheel or Esther making charming clay animals.Open from March to November 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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Piazza delle Erbe 5, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 943188
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I watched Franco at the wheel and was fascinated by his craft. Purchased his cypress trees trio and they grace our mantel at home. Love his earth tones and graceful lines.

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured the ceramic shop and very much appreciated the numerous creative designs and the artisan workmanship displayed in these works. The colors were very Italian as they were bright and conveyed an enjoyment by the creators.

Thank Ade1040
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place by accident when we were strolling up to the 'castle'. - What a find. Beautiful hand made ceramics, that are not part of the general tourist fayre (handbags, handbags etc). As we were travelling with our own car we were able...More

Thank Gareth497
Reviewed August 11, 2017

Gorgeous ceramics, pure craftsmanship. Lovely little shop. Usually you can see one of the artist (husband or wife) at work. Either at the potters wheel or handbuilding. Being an amateur ceramist myself I got very inspired by this place.

Thank Meenanco
Reviewed August 2, 2017

We found this shop just strolling around and had not read anything about it prior. We thought the ceramics were beautiful - not the typical tourist items but unique pieces and very well done. We found Esther to be quite helpful while we browsed her...More

Thank David L
Reviewed May 10, 2017

This cute little shop has both lovely functional pottery and cute little pottery creatures that call to you from their shelf just outside the shop door. The shop is worth a stop to appreciate the work.

Thank soosihongkong
Reviewed March 21, 2017

We found the ceramics in this shop beautiful. Such lovely bowls. We wanted to buy one but no one wanted to help us. We ended up going further down the road to another so.

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Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

An interesting little local shop to visit. A working potters shop with hand made items to buy. The non drip oil decanters are original to Balducci Ceramics. Worth a look and to purchase a unique item.

Thank Fay W
Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

We visited Balducci Ceramics while visiting On vacation. What amazing art! They take the usual and found everywhere Italian ceramics and cookware to a higher level. We found the owner to be gracious and helpful and very warm Make the effort to find this gem!!

Thank Rodger B
Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Purchased a set of Olive Oil (dripless) and Balsamic containers, and a pair of ornamental flower vases (inspired by the towers), thrown on a potter's wheel by Franco (see him, some days, working with the wheel in his shop). Beautiful glazes. Also bought a small...More

Thank Bryan_Marianne
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