What does “il tornesino” mean? That’s a question I often get asked. Well, that’s a refining tool, used by ceramicists to refine the pieces on the wheel. I chose this name for my workshop because IT are the initial letters for “il tornesino” as well as “Ilaria Traverso”: my name and family name. (And “Italy” as well…).
My workshop opened in May, 2016; I make Ceramics pieces of several kinds: everyday use (cups, teapots, money keepers, food containers, oil pourers…, all made with safe, non-lead glazes), small sculptures and bass-reliefs, home decoration, ideas for presents (photo frames, pen holders, jewellery holders, vases, oil and candle burners…) and, of course, Genoa and Liguria-inspired-souvenirs.
I use mainly red Heartenware, yet I’m doing some experimenting on Stoneware.
I manage to re-use cleverly all my materials, and to use as less water as I can, in order to reduce my environmental footprint.
When you get inside my workshop you’ll -probably- get me working, yet you’ll be welcome, and greeted with a smile.
Open: Monday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. ; from Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
During special occasions (such as Rolli Days) also on Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Languages spoken: English, French and Spanish