Italian Ceramics from Florence Italy
Italian Ceramics from Italy
These handcrafted hand-painted Ceramics are type of earthenware made of clay from the Mediterranean.
This dazzling colorful Italian earthenware is called Majolica (also known as Maiolica or Maioliche) and was named by the Italians after the Spanish island of Majorca.
Originally this type of earthenware was exported from Majorca and introduced to Italy in the 13th century.
Majolica became popular during the Renaissance period and centers for producing the earthenware arose throughout Italy. During this time, these artistic ceramics were often given as a gift to celebrate momentous occasions, such weddings and births.
Deruta, Montelupo Fiorentino, Firenze (Florence), Sesto Fiorentino, Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino and Faenza are cities/towns in Italy that are very well-known for the production of Italian Majolica Ceramics.
The Italian city of Deruta, where the majority these ceramics, Deruta is most famous for its' Italian majolica pottery. Deruta is just south of the city of Perugia, located in the Umbria region of Italy which is southeast of neighboring Tuscany.
Currently, Deruta has and still is a major manufacturer and exporter of Majolica. Montelupo Fiorentino, just east of Florence, is one of the most famous production centers of Majolica Ceramics in the Tuscan region.