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Rango and its forgotten history

In Rango, there is a place called Credole. This name comes from the local word for clay, ‘creda’, the raw material for making pottery.

The story of pottery in Bleggio began on a rainy Sunday in June 1997. The heavy rain unearthed a number of fragments of painted pottery in some excavations near to the church in Balbido.
For a whole year, a group of local youngsters led by local historian Tomaso Iori, who later founded the school museum in Rango, sifted through the soil. Hundreds of fragments were found, studied and put back together like jigsaws, recreating plates, bowls and jugs with floral and geometric patterns.

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Many people in Rango can still remember playing with tiny bits of pottery that had been found in the loose earth of an allotment or during building works.

In 2001, the Casa dei Gaetàni was found in Rango, with its firing kiln and furnace. There used to produce crockery and tiles for Renaissance era stoves. In particular, eight tiny fragments were found which formed a tile depicting a knight in armour, an image now used as the logo of the Rango school museum. This little museum exhibits many of the ceramic pieces which have been reassembled. The curator Tomaso will tell you their tale.

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