AN ORIGINAL 16MM FILM ABOUT “LAVORO DI TONDO”, A TECHNIQUE STILL USED TODAY IN THE ARTENOVA WORKSHOP
An excellent video on the terracotta craftsmanship of Impruneta preserved and restored in its original 16mm film and re-launched on the You Tube channel of the Museo della Scuola di Rango specialized in the documentation of local stories. In the “limpido paese” (pure town) of Impruneta they tell us of the “Lavoro di tondo” (work in a circle) referring to the construction of a 400-litre clay jar. They explain about “lucignoli” (wicks), the cylinders of clay which are still used in the making of Artenova jars. Today a professional kiln replaces the bundles of sticks called “fascine” used for firing in times gone by. They were essential for keeping the high temperature at a constant level. The techniques of craftsmanship, however, are still the same used every day by Leonardo Parisi, owner of Artenova and second generation of a workshop founded more than 20 years ago by his father and master craftsman Giuseppe Parisi.
To understand how these old techniques still apply today, here also is a video with Leonardo Parisi explaining the coil-pot technique and that of processing with the use of a cast.