The Villa has a long and illustrious history stretching back to the Eighteenth century. The story of the pottery is one small part of this fascinating tale.
What started as the St Mary’s Ceramics Factory in the 1920s and 30s, has grown to become one of the island’s best-loved pottery producers. The factory, which was first located in Ta’ Qali, was destroyed during the war and the remains moved to a cellar at Villa Bologna. After the war the pottery was revived. It was first located in Lord Strickland’s old workshop in the barqoue garden and later moved to the old stables, where it remains to this day.
Today the pottery workshop produces top-quality handmade ceramic goods such as home-ware, kitchenware, lamp bases, saint plaques and ornamental sea creatures. The majority are crafted using original slip-cast moulds, some over 50 years old, while others are wheel thrown or made with the jigger jolly.
Tours of the factory are available, and pottery classes are held for both children and adults. For more information, please visit the Villa Bologna Site