I am second generation Italian. My maternal grandparents, my mother-in-law and Pop-Pop, emigrated to the east coast of the United States from Popoli, Abruzzo, in 1910. Pop-Pop’s homemade wine and Mom-Mom’s pasta sauce cooked with garlic, basil and tomato still grown feed my DNA. Perhaps this explains my ongoing obsession with Italian pottery.
Or maybe, as I love to speculate, somewhere along the same Italian bloodline, I have an uncle, a potter, who masterfully drew mud on his wheel, or a cousin who meticulously painted variations of ancient patterns on pieces. of unfinished clay (bisque.) In the process of becoming pasta bowls or jars.
Having made this happy revelation and shared my speculations, I continue, knowing that you don’t need to be Italian to share my passion.
Whether you’re in Italy in a personalized (lucky!) Way, or visiting the specialty store in your hometown of the United States that sells imported Italian pottery, or shopping online, the number of patterns and shapes, forms or features that offered to each pattern is, for all practical purposes, endless. And, whether you’re new to Italian pottery or a longtime collector, there’s always more to learn and consider.
Let’s just talk about Italian cuisine and related accessories, because if you’re focused, they offer embarrassment of riches and present you with a delicious dilemma. Where to start if you want to bring a touch of Italy home or buy a gift? How are meals and entertainment transformed into celebrations with only hand-made and hand-painted Italian ceramics? How can you turn your kitchen counter into a conversation piece with an authentic Italian container? And, once acquired, how do you care about these Italian “works of art”?
- First, you need a reputable source to get a glimpse of what’s in Italian pottery.
- Then you’ll want to explore the patterns (also known as Collections) and maybe play with mixing and combining their pieces.
- If you haven’t already, it would be a good time to learn about the centennial process of creating Italian pottery so you can fully appreciate the value of your investment.
- And finally, once you have them at home, you will want to know how to take care of your pieces to protect their beauty for generations.
Reputation source. First, look for a reputable source of Italian pottery that offers a large section of collections and a wide variety of products within these collections. They should be happy to answer your questions and are happy to provide additional information so that you can feel confident in the authenticity and quality of what you are buying. Because? Because like many popular and high quality items, the details of Italian pottery appear. Also, understand that descriptions such as Italian or Italian-inspired design do not necessarily mean Made in Italy. There are reputable non-Italian tableware manufacturers who openly market designs that have an Italian reference.
Until you’ve touched on the real work, seen the brush strokes, and understood some of the intricacies of production, you’ll like to have a trusted source interested in helping you if you ask for it. Especially if you are new to this adventure, you will also feel better working with sources that guarantee your products and your satisfaction.
Mixing and combining collections. Italian pottery is simple and elegant. In addition, it is bold, dramatic, colorful, cheerful and full of amazing details. Depending on your preferences, you may like the impact of the full drama, prefer quiet simplicity, or decide that a piece added to your existing set of dinners or kitchen utensils is absolutely perfect. You can also start with the classic shapes and later you will find blacker and larger pieces more attractive as they come out more addictive (sorry, I meant adventurous!) With your acquisitions. (Rumor has it that I once generously bought a large piece to give away as a wedding gift. It somehow ended up in my collection. Hmmm! I say plausible mistrust!)
Your one and only guide? Respond to what speaks to you “even if it doesn’t match” with anything. Note that the eclectic epitomizes the magic of Italian pottery. So have fun; mixes or combines with abandonment. Let him be your guide.
Process and “investment”. These two issues are related to important respect. At first, Italian pottery may seem expensive to you. However, if it is authentic, made in Italy and imported into the United States, the price becomes more understandable. After all, it is a functional art, handmade, hand-painted in a long, centuries-old process. Whether you use it, show it or both, Italian pottery is an investment. The pieces (plates, plates, biscotti jars, butter plates, wine cakes, foot bowls and more) are masterfully painted fabrics for complex and honest designs as well as contemporary shapes and design.
While you’re not normally interested in the process (the details of how things are done), if you’re intrigued by the Italian pottery collection, you’re sure to enrich your appreciation art from this pottery while learning something about the process.
One last recommendation on the investment aspect: if your budget is limited and even if not, buy the highest quality you can afford and make sure it’s genuine. Both elements are done comfortably if working with a respectable source.
Use and care. Understanding the process of pottery production and recognizing the value of Italian pottery as an art will help protect it during daily use and care. If you like it like me, the great output of this ancient art in today’s masterpieces will easily make up for the little extra care it requires.
Before buying, there are certain guarantees that will always be provided by reliable Italian pottery sources:
- Parts are guaranteed to be 100% food safe in accordance with FDA regulations and U.S. lead and cadmium import regulations.
- Large decorative pieces that are not intended to come into contact with food will be clearly specified as such.
Over the years, pottery can form tiny lines in enamels. The durability of the pottery is not affected, only the cosmetics, but proper care helps keep the work as beautiful as the day you land it. So here is a print for care after purchase. Again, any reliable source will provide much bigger details:
- Hand washing is better.
- If you use a dishwasher, an excellent Chinese cycle, a low heat temperature and a high-quality detergent are recommended. Provide ample space between the parts to prevent water pressure from hitting each other.
- Using microwaves? Very discouraged! And save chunks switched off of i outside from the direct heat of a burner or oven. The pieces are not designed for cooking or reheating.
- To avoid possible heat shocks and cracks, put hot tap water on top of the plates and serve the pieces immediately before filling them with very hot food or liquids. This is called temperament.
- To divert strong fire into cups, mugs or teapots, insert a metal spoon while pouring a hot liquid.
- To remove tea stains, soak them with chlorine bleach solution and rinse quickly. (2 tablespoons bleach per quart)
- To prevent frost damage, avoid draining gunpowder or scrubbers.
While this section on usage and care may seem long, don’t be intimidated. In fact, if you read it, you will see that pottery only requires good old common sense. When in doubt, answer the following question: How would you proceed if it was a fresco by Raphael or a sculpture by Michelangelo? If you do not, you should contact the online web store, the local store or the person from whom you purchased the Italian pottery for guidance.
Most important of all, enjoy the adventure and pride of owning and using this Italian art in your daily life.
Here it is in Italian in all of us!