Deruta Italy – Majolica

Deruta – a small town, located in the Provence of Perugia in the Umbria region in central Italy, is best known internationally for hand painted Majolica.  It was one of the many towns we visited while staying at Michael LaPlaca’s Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca in Bettona.  I have posted about his wonderful Bed and Breakfast here.

During the early middle ages since the local clay was good, Deruta’s ceramic production was started and reached it’s artistic peak in the 15th and 16th century.  Today  Deruta’s ceramics are very popular here in the United States, Michael took us to visit one of the local artists, Patrizio Chiucchiu.  Patrizio is a phenomenal artist, the ceramics he creates are truly works of art.  His work is not typical of the mas produced pottery you find here in the States, the painting and detail drawings on his ceramics are exquisite.

Here are some pictures of Patrizio’s charming studio in Deruta, filled with his art work.These plates and platters are safe for food use like most other ceramics, but would serve better hanging on a wall and admired while eating dinner.and of course you can select from existing inventory, or customize one.

The “Bella Donna”  is a highly characteristic local style – portraits of beauties whose names appear on fluttering bandoleers.all images Firoozeh Khorrami

The Umbria region in Italy was so full of history, art and culture, I can’t wait to go back. Thank you to Michael LaPlaca for sharing his knowledge and great eye for beautiful detail with us.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami

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