By Jessica Graybill

/By Jessica Graybill

10 Italian Artists to Know

By Jessica Graybill Italy has historically produced extraordinary artistic talent. We all know about Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rafael - the great Italian masters have all been discussed ad nauseam. It's high time to discuss some contemporary artists; especially the myriad talented female artists - both past and present - that have largely gone unacknowledged. As [...]

Determining the Value of Handmade Italian Ceramics

By Jessica Graybill From time to time we're asked if we can help determine the value of someone's inherited or found Italian pottery. Because we've been in the business a long time, we have an extensive knowledge of Italian ceramics and we're familiar with today's major studios, of which there are hundreds. However, it is [...]

Toscana Bees and Fiori – A Summer Vacation for Your Home

By Jessica Graybill Imagine riding a bike along the winding roads of Tuscany's picturesque countryside on a warm summer day; endless views of colorful hills littered with bright sunflowers and vibrant red poppies surround you. Cypress trees sway in the breeze on the horizon, a gentle dance that caresses the sky. The branches of trees [...]

Unity Shoppe – A Legacy of Hope

Written by Jessica Graybill The entrance of Unity Shoppe's main distribution facility is bright and inviting. Unity Shoppe provides an extremely important service to Santa Barbara, and it's one of the town's unintentionally best kept secrets.  Despite being a (nearly) lifelong Santa Barbara resident, it is only because of Italian Pottery Outlet's recent [...]

Trinacria – The Symbol of Sicily

Written by Jessica Graybill Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is known for many things - breathtakingly beautiful coastlines, colorful, bustling cities, and delicious street food, to name just a few! It is a place rich in history and culture, and its symbol, the Trinacria, is just as intriguing as the location itself. [...]

Santa Barbara Favorites – Support Our Fellow Small Businesses!

Written by Jessica Graybill Santa Barbara is an incredible place. Sun, sand, excellent eateries, places to booze and to cruise; it's a great place to live and a beautiful place to visit. We've been in business here in downtown Santa Barbara for decades and over the years have seen a lot of changes occur in [...]

Sfusato Amalfitano – the Amalfi Lemon

Written by Jessica Graybill Lemons and Italy go together like bread and olive oil - you may be able to find one without the other, but together they are so much more significant! Lemons have existed in Italy since Roman times, but not in the way we know them today. The earliest lemons, traded between [...]

Life is a Special Occasion – Use Your Good Stuff!

By Jessica Graybill Here at the shop, we hear many of the same sentiments repeated day in and day out by our customers; mostly kind adoration for our products and store (which never gets old!) but every once in a while, I hear "It's so pretty, I would never want to use it!". While I [...]

Pottery – A Beautiful Union of Science and Art

Written by Jessica Graybill Many people have become so accustomed to functional ceramics that we encounter in our daily lives, often made on an assembly line with minimal decoration (or mass produced with decals) that it's easy to forget that pottery is a true art form - one that has been perfected over centuries by [...]

Caring for Italian Ceramics

Written by Jessica Graybill Handmade Italian ceramics are an investment, and as such, we know you want to keep them in tip-top shape! Though they don't really require too much effort, we have compiled some advice that will help preserve your beautiful keepsakes for years to come. Ceramics are some of the only relics we have [...]