Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Joking with Fire


The workshop Joking with Fire was created by The International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza (M.I.C). It allows participants to identify their own personal food traditions and habits and sharing them with others.

Starting from an initial drawing activity, followed by the manipulation of the clay, participants explore their cultural identities through food.

When participants, with different cultural origins, are involved in the clay work, they can explore their roots and identity. It can also help participants with impaired fine motor skills by helping them to experience new ways of using their hands to manipulate the clay.

The ceramic work starts off as a circle shaped slab of grey clay, and then it is cut to produce petals. Then, participants assemble these petals into a vase. Individuals can then add decoration using simple mark making, inscribing personal food memories or depicting imagery from their favourite recipes which produces aesthetically pleasing results.

Joking with Fire is a flexible activity allowing the development of personal stories and experiences to emerge, as participants explore their identity and increase in self-confidence. The stories that “come out,” are always different, inspiring and often amusing.


Serves a Group/class- maximum 25 people