Deruta is a Medieval town located in the Province of Perugia, right in the heart of central Italy’s Umbria region. Deruta is world famous for its ceramics, which are produced from local clay.
Maiolica, also known as Majolica, is an Italian tin-glazed pottery style that dates back to the time of the Renaissance.
Maiolica designs are characterized by bright colors on white opaque surfaces. Some of the patterns have been recreated for centuries, particularly in Deruta, which has been a center of manufacturing since the fifteenth century.
Even though Deruta is the source of these beautiful ceramics, the best prices are not necessarily found there. Shops in Siena, Florence, Orvieto, and Perugia, to name a few, are overflowing with Deruta ceramics at competitive prices.
We saw some beautiful pieces on display at gift shops all over Tuscany, but opted not to lug heavy ceramics home on the plane. I’ve acquired most of my Deruta pieces online through Amazon and eBay.
Deruta Italian Hand Painted Ceramics
Deruta Italian hand painted dinnerware is 100% food safe, and can even be washed in the dishwasher. Each ceramic piece is masterfully handcrafted by artisans in Deruta, Italy. When you set a table with Deruta Italian dinnerware, you’re displaying handmade pieces of art.
Colorful Deruta designs work well together, so don’t be afraid to mix and match authentic patterns at your dinner or buffet table. That’s what we do in our home. Our guests always comment on the unusual pieces that blend effortlessly with our multicolored collection of Fiestaware.
Deruta Owl Figurine
Ceramiche d’arte Parrini (Since 1979)
Italian Ceramics Handmade in Florence, Italy
The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.
Raffaellesco Deruta Pattern
The Raffaellesco Deruta pattern is one of the most popular and enduring Italian majolica patterns. This classic decorative pattern traces its origin to 16th century. The dragon motif is rumored to have been created by Raphael, a master painter of frescoes and architect of the Italian Renaissance. Raffaellesco bestows good luck and fair winds to seagoing merchants. Hence the puffs of wind steaming from the dragon’s mouth. The Raffaellesco dinner plate measures 11 inches in diameter. Deruta ceramics are double-fired for durability, with 100% food safe glazes.
Ricco Deruta Pattern
Ricco is the most celebrated and versatile Deruta design. Each piece is masterfully hand painted in vibrant hues of royal blue, yellow gold, and emerald green in a traditional design that traces its origins to the sixteenth century. Most of my own pieces are in the Ricco family. The Ricco Deruta dinner plate measures 11 inches in diameter.
Geometrico Deruta Pattern
Geometrico is a collection of unique, intricate patterns that offer a bold new take on an old world design. Contemporary variations originate from the same family-owned factory known for the Fresco design. Vibrant hues of gold, turquoise, blue, and rust are featured prominently in eye-catching patterns. For a stunning table design, mix and match different Geometrico styles.
Deruta: A Tradition of Italian Ceramics
Elizabeth Helman Minchilli (Author), David Hamilton (Author, Photographer), and Susie Cushner (Photographer)
Deruta is the first comprehensive book to celebrate the design and evolution of “majolica” Italian ceramics. With over 150 colorful photographs, the book captures the finest examples of Deruta tableware and tilework. Though some pieces are highly collectible, others like cups, saucers, and cream pitchers are relatively inexpensive and perfectly suited to everyday use.
When I grew up in Italy in the 1950s, it was still very agricultural. Food was very important; produce was very important. Everyone made their own olive oil. It took me a long time after I moved here to understand that Americans are much further away from their food.
Deruta Italian Hand Painted Pitchers
The classic rooster pitcher was created for the Medici Family, and dates back to 15th Century Italy. These high-fired ceramic pitchers are handmade and hand-painted with cheerful colors in Deruta, Italy. The durable pitcher is both food and dishwasher safe. Put this classic piece to work for serving cream with your morning coffee, or enjoy it as a decorative accent on a counter or tabletop.
Deruta Italian Hand Painted Chargers
Genuine hand made and hand painted ceramics from Deruta, Italy are food safe and dishwasher safe. Each charger plate measures 13 inches in diameter. Choose from several intricate, bold patterns in bright, vibrant colors.
Deruta Italian Hand Painted Ceramics
Grazia Deruta Maioliche
The Grazia Family Has Been Producing Majolica Ceramics Since 1500
Deruta, Italy Postcards
Postcards are one of our favorite gift ideas–mini works of art that are pretty enough to frame. They’re inexpensive and come in handy for keeping in touch with friends and family.
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- 2 Deruta Italian Hand Painted Ceramics
- 3 Deruta Owl Figurine
- 4 Raffaellesco Deruta Pattern
- 5 Ricco Deruta Pattern
- 6 Geometrico Deruta Pattern
- 7 Deruta: A Tradition of Italian Ceramics
- 8 Deruta Italian Hand Painted Pitchers
- 9 Deruta Italian Hand Painted Chargers
- 10 Deruta Italian Hand Painted Ceramics
- 11 Deruta, Italy Postcards
- 12 Still Looking for the Perfect Gift?
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