During our wanderings, we stumbled across this small ceramic studio in the back streets. But let's see what the website has to say:
Orviet'Anna, the ceramics studio of Italian artist Anna Spallaccia, is located in the heart of Orvieto, Italy's historic medieval quarter. Tucked away in the small, narrow street appropriately named "Vicolo dei Dolci" (small street of sweets), in front of Orvieto's charming Gothic cathedral, one can find the artist hard at work. Whether Anna is constructing a pot on the wheel, emptying the kiln or glazing a new creation, one can be sure that here, PASSION precedes everything.
It goes on to say that:
Due to the abundance of clay and water available in the Tiber valley, the Etruscans, who settled in Orvieto from 6 B.C. to 3 B.C. were able to make clay artefacts.
Uh, yeeeeah. Not quite. I think she means the 6th to 3rd century BC. By 6BC we Romans had long since, ah, "dealt with" the issue of our former Etruscan neighbours.
This is where I love taking raw shots. I took only one shot but when I got it into Photoshop I noticed that the courtyard was blown out while the street was exposed normally. I therefore made a copy of the image and pumped through HDR pro to get a de facto HDR shot which, in this case, lacks the usual washed out appearance of an HDR image. The exposure is far from perfect (I could probably play around with it and get it better) but it's certainly good enough as a memento shot.