The Terracotta Museum
Petroio has been distinguished for many centuries for the production of terracotta articles and for that figure of the potter who in these places has taken over the role of custodian of art and culture. For this reason it hosts the Terracotta Museum, born to show and communicate the active intertwining between past and present, between crafts and design.
Inside the Petroot Terracotta Museum, in fact, continuity is illustrated between ancient techniques, made with interesting reconstructions of the quarry in which the clay and the workshop is extracted in which we work with the typical oven, and recent methods, With the possibility of visiting the Concaii area of the area.
The objects are offered not as part of collections, but as an expression of a complex social and productive world, witnessed by large photographic panels, videos, short texts that bring tracks of oral testimonies. The conservativity of some forms, like the consoles once used especially for laundry and time for lemon plants, dialogues with the innovation of modern design, building a bridge between past and present, between traditional and innovative forms.
At the end of the exhibition path, moreover, it is possible to visit other spaces including a didactic laboratory for manipulating clay where, with the help of museum operators, the artifacts are shaped and cooked in an oven. Finally, a special space dedicated to temporary exhibitions with the function of widening treatment on terracotta, emphasizing the plasticity of matter and showing its potential of artistic expression.