Indulge your passion for the finer things in life. Merchant of Prato presents beautiful handmade Italian majolica ceramics and pottery from Deruta, Umbria and Castelli, Italy. Our Italian ceramics are created in small workshops by artisans using techniques passed down from generation to generation. Many of the designs we feature date back hundreds of years and many patterns are derived from Renaissance art. Each piece of Italian pottery is handmade and painstakingly hand-painted, thus each piece of our pottery is unique.
Whether you are purchasing a gift or adding to your own Italian ceramic collection, The Merchant of Prato presents an assortment of Italian pottery to choose from. Bring Italy into your home! Our exquisite
Italian Dinnerware will bring elegance to your table. Matching
Biscotti Jars compliment the dinnerware pieces. Wonderful
Home Decor pieces will brighten up your home. Lovely Wall Plates, Della Robbia Plates,
Umbrella Stands and Urns from
Deruta, Italian Ceramics Majolica Tiles, colorful
Vases, colorful House Number Plates and decorative pieces will have your friends saying "Bella, Bella". Our
Italian Ceramic Mattronella Tiles featuring The Saints, Professions & Botanicals are truly unique and are the perfect gift. Our
Handmade Italian Christmas Ornaments
Religious collection of Holy Water Fonts are perfect gifts.
Our Italian ceramic collection features collectible patterns including Ricco Deruta, Raffaellesco, Ornato, Miele, Geometrico, Alcantara, Frutta Mista, Frutta, Limone, Melograno, Contrade Palio di Siena and many others.
The Merchant of Prato works with several ceramic factories in Italy including Ceramiche Simonetti, Sberna, Fratelli Mari and several others. All items are handmade and handpainted.
Italian Majolica: Majolica, the name given to the style of tin-glazed, decorated pottery that reached its peak in the 1500’s in Renaissance Italy, is produced in many Italian towns, with Deruta being the most famous. Today over 250 factories produce pottery in Deruta.
Artisans in Deruta still apply age-old techniques to produce the ceramics, from throwing local clay on a potter’s wheel to meticulous hand painting using time-honored, as well as more modern designs. First, local clay is formed and thrown on a potter’s wheel. The, after two to three days of air-drying, the pottery is cleaned and sanded of small imperfections or bumps before the first baking in a kiln at nearly 1000 degrees centigrade. The object is then dipped into a pale-colored glaze, typically white or cream, that serves as an opaque base before decoration is applied with mineral paints.
Before the designs can be hand painted onto the pottery, the artists will use a paper pattern to transfer a design onto the piece, tapping carefully with carbon sticks through holes pierced on the paper. Some of the designs used date back hundreds of years, including the Raffaellesco pattern. The Arabesco pattern is reminiscent of Arabic art. For modern designs, the artist will paint freehand. After the painting is complete, the pottery is given a second firing at about 950 degrees centigrade.
The Merchant of Prato offers The
Fratelli Mari Decorator Collection.
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