Italian Woman Painting Pottery“Dipinto a mano” is Italian for “painted by hand“. You will sometimes see this inscription on handcrafted Italian ceramic pieces. However, the lack of this inscription does not mean the piece is not painted by hand. Many fine, handmade, hand-painted Italian ceramic pieces have just “Italy” or “Made in Italy”, or maybe just the name of the import company or of the manufacturer, and sometimes no insignia at all — though this is typically just an oversight. In short, the best way to ensure that an item is a piece of authentic, handmade Italian ceramic, is to purchase from a reputable import company, outlet or retailer.