Maurizio Tittarelli Rubboli

Born in 1959 in Macerata (Italy), as a teenager Maurizio Tittarelli Rubboli was already involved in the family pottery business, handed down from father to son since 1873, when his great-grandfather established the Rubboli factory, reintroducing to the local area of Gualdo Tadino (Perugia) a gold and ruby lustre technique traced back to the Renaissance potter Mastro Giorgio.

After the 1997 earthquake, Tittarelli Rubboli transformed the old factory into a pottery studio. Still today he uses the old nineteenth-century muffle kilns to fire his pottery in three phases using wood and dry broom, following the technique adopted by Mastro Giorgio and described by Piccolpasso in his 1558 treatise The Three Books of the Potter’s Art.

After numerous visits to England, Greece and Portugal, Tittarelli Rubboli graduated with a degree in Portuguese language and literature. In 1996 he began crafting his own pottery, with his first solo exhibition held in 2001 in Perugia. His works have since been showcased in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in museums and galleries in Italy and around the world.

His creations, featured in a number of private collections, apply the lustre technique to contemporary pieces, injecting new life and originality into an age-old pottery tradition.

Alongside his more innovative works, Tittarelli Rubboli also produces period pieces that philologically respect the family tradition dating back to the 1800s.

Honours, Projects and Teaching Appointments

  • Dal 2000 al 2003
    Teaching appointment in pottery at the Ecipa Umbria Consortium.
  • 2007
    Establishment of the Rubboli Cultural Association for the protection and promotion of lustreware crafted in the Mastro Giorgio tradition and the muffle kilns dating to 1884, the last to survive in Italy.
  • 2013
    Nominated “Towns of Ceramics” Ambassador by the AICC.
  • 2015
    Establishment of the Rubboli Museum, featuring a collection of over 150 pottery pieces dating between 1853 and 1860.