To learn moore about the origin of Nove and Bassano ceramics, visit the Museo della Ceramica di Nove.
Three centuries of ceramics in Nove and Bassano
Many are the elements that have promoted the creation and development of ceramic art in Bassano and Nove since the 17th century. Among them, the availability of plastic clay (?saldame? non lo trovo) and kaolin in the subsoil, and the possibility to exploit the Brenta river both to transport finished products and wood for the kilns, and to activate the grinding mills by means of its hydraulic force, in order to grind the pebbles found in the river itself.
In the 17th century
The growing request of the precious Chinese porcelain and its diffusion in Europe brought Dutch ceramists to imitate this processing, with the result that this kind of production spread all over the market of the Serenissima. The Venetian Senate, therefore, tried to solve the problem by stimulating the home production with tax relief for the ones who managed to produce porcelain and to improve majolica.