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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 [...]

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 [...]

History of Roosters in Italian Ceramics

Written by Jessica Graybill Ever wonder why the rooster is such a prominent theme in Italian ceramics? The origin of the rooster pitcher dates back to the early Renaissance period in the Republic of Florence, under the influence of the Medici family. The Medici were the most wealthy and powerful family in the republic, with [...]