Balducci Ceramics

Balducci Ceramics, San Gimignano: Hours, Address, Balducci Ceramics Reviews: 4.5/5

Balducci Ceramics
4.5
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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Kathy K
Weaverville24 contributions
Beautiful ceramics
Aug 2020
We bought an oil and vinegar ceramics set when in San Gimignano and have now had them in my kitchen for four years. (ignore date of my trip below - there was no choice of '4 years ago') They traveled well in my suitcase back to the US and are a treasure. I use them frequently. They are truly works of art and help me to remember our very special trip to this beautiful town and to the Balducci Ceramics shop. Thank you for your workmanship and for my lovely pieces.
Written July 2, 2021
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Leesw8
London, UK366 contributions
Well worth seeking out
Aug 2020
What a lovely find - a working potter in the centre of this historic town Franco and Esther’s work is beautiful and a visit to the workshop is recommended. I came away with an oil and vinegar set beautifully crafted and reasonably priced.
Written August 27, 2020
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SKD73
London, UK307 contributions
Beautiful pieces
Aug 2020 • Family
This is the second time we’ve been here in two years and Esther and her husband continue to make some lovely pieces. Highly recommended!
Written August 22, 2020
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HaaeM
Budapest, Hungary16 contributions
Very nice atmosphere!
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Maestro is very friendly and the products are artistic with nice colors, and also useable in the kitchen!
Written July 11, 2019
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steeryourway
Bucharest, Romania220 contributions
local crafman's shop
May 2019 • Family
This work shop was a pleasant find on a small street in the central area.
The artist makes small ceramic pieces in front of the visitors.The works are beautiful and make excellent gifts and memorabilia from Tuscany.
Written May 9, 2019
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Mumgle34
Carlisle, UK86 contributions
Superb craftsmanship
Jun 2018
Franco Balducci is a real artisan, whose works of art are sublime. He creates the most beautiful ceramics, which are a delight to own. Every time we visit San Gimignano we visit his shop and purchase another set of wonderfully crafted sets; we now own 10 pieces and we love them, they act as a reminder of the wonderful time spent in a beautiful country. I could spend hours watching the way in which the clay is worked on the potters wheel, as well as enjoying listening to Ludovico Einaudi. Grazie mille Franco!
Written October 15, 2018
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Nonna306
Bellmawr, NJ17 contributions
Surprised and Pleased
Sep 2018 • Friends
We were strolling through the town of San Gimingnano when we stumbled upon this really unique store. So many lovely items on display but the real find we watching this fine craftsman at work. Well worth the effort to find this shop you will be pleasantly surprised!
Written September 10, 2018
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Susan J
Edmonton, Canada4 contributions
Accidental Find
Jul 2018 • Couples
While wandering through San Gimignano we found Balducci Ceramics. We were drawn in by the cute animals in the front window. Inside we stopped to watch the artist work for a bit. The pieces are beautiful and if we could have figured out a way to get it home we would have bought many pieces. But we settled on a lovely oil and vinegar bottle set. If you are looking for something to remember your trip by that is not touristy, seek out this shop! Also he would prefer you pay in cash (but will take credit cards) so bring cash if you can!
Written July 11, 2018
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S0lway
London, UK108 contributions
Lovely ceramics
Apr 2018 • Couples
Definitely visit here if you are in San Gimignano, just at the foot of the Rocca. All the other shops clustered along Via san Giovanni or around the Duomo have the same ceramics that all look mass produced. These are made on site and are very elegant and well crafted. A lovely souvenir.
Written May 1, 2018
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Robin R
Haverhill, MA25 contributions
Wonderful Artisan
Oct 2017 • Couples
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.
Written October 8, 2017
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Balducci Ceramics is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM