Pilot 8 
Artex (Italy)



About Artex

The Ceramic Futures pilot, implemented by Artex, the Centre for the Artistic and Traditional Craftsmanship in Tuscany, is based on the Officina Creativa Lab project. It is a multifunctional and cross-sectoral space in the center of Florence that acts as a driving force for local – Florentine and TuscanItalian and international arts and crafts, in relationship with other creative industries, both traditional and innovative. It is a place established by the Municipality of Florence where craftspeople, designers, students  and anyone interested in the world of crafts can meet, work and learn together, and form a unique community. It supports young craftspeople and SMEs to get established and grow into sustainable businesses by providing physical facilities, including a ceramics workshop, a network of experts and support with specific skills (e.g .in the form of webinars). 


  • Artex will host physical and online workshops that apply new technologies through the various stages of processing and/or marketing ceramics products

  • Artex will develop a series of business-focused capacity-building seminars, both in person and online, to develop entrepreneurship, marketing, and digital skills that contemporary craftspeople may need


  • Exchange knowledge on building capacities for valuing traditional crafts in the wider area of Florence and beyond

  • Feed innovative processes in the ceramics crafts sector with workshops and webinars to present new techniques, design methods, novel materials and new strategies

  • Explore alternative methods for professional life-long learning from economic, social, cultural, and artistic points of view


  • Physical workshops in Officina Creativa Lab

  • Online learning units alongside the physical workshops that can be consulted on demand

  • Physical and online capacity-building seminars, compiled into a toolkit