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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 [...]

Antique Giare

Written by Jessica Graybill Several years ago in a small town in the heel of Italy's boot, we happened upon a man selling giare from his truck. Having seen many of these beautiful urns over the years on the old farms throughout the area, we thought they'd be a great addition to our collection back [...]

Il Palio – The Contrade of Italy

Written by Jessica Graybill The Palio di Siena (known locally as Il Palio) is a horse race that's held twice a year, July and August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and their riders represent ten of the seventeen total contrade (city wards) of Italy. The event draws spectators from around the world, and the race itself, [...]