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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Italian Portrait Plates – Hand Painted in Deruta

Written by Jessica Graybill A familiar theme in Italian ceramics are the regal portrait platters that depict Italian nobles. Naturally, portraiture has been commonplace for centuries throughout many different cultures, but the remarkable skills necessary to produce these ultra-refined paintings on ceramics is truly an impressive feat. Hand painted in Deruta, Italy - Our [...]