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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 [...]

Della Robbia – A Florentine Icon

Written by Jessica Graybill Luca della Robbia was an Italian sculptor from Florence, born in about 1400. Though he was a prominent stone sculptor for much of his life, he became well known for developing a technique to create beautiful, colorful tin-glazed terracotta statuary in the early 1440s, and this became his primary medium of [...]

Raffaellesco – A Benevolent Mystic

Written by Jessica Graybill I take home my paychecks in the form of pottery, so I can relate. The Italian hillside town of Deruta, in Umbria, is known throughout the world for its production of exquisite pottery. Deruta is one of the biggest producers of glazed Italian ceramics known as majolica, and they've [...]

Hand Painted Italian Pottery vs. Decals

Written by Jessica Graybill From time to time, we get an inquisitive customer who is surprised to see the cost of some of our items. "38 dollars for a mug!" they'll exclaim, "But why?" We got to see this man on a recent factory tour - he's won many contests for being the [...]

Italian Volcanic Stone Tables

Written by Jessica Graybill The Italians are famous for creating beautiful, durable ceramics which have stood the test of time and come to be revered the world over for their expert craftsmanship. This artisanal prowess in the ceramic arts is now being translated to exquisitely-made Italian volcanic stone tables, using the same techniques as traditional [...]