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Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm painting for a good cause




Every Year, at the end of May, Spring City celebrates
Heritage Days

Our entire town is open to visitors. Many historic homes are open to the public.
Visitors come from far and wide


I donate part of my proceeds to the Old School Renovation Fund



This year I have decided to keep things light and inexpensive




Small trays for dipping bread in olive oil,  bowls, plates...
practical things.




Each dish is hand painted and all have different designs, yet they are still very affordable





Of course, I will also be selling my signature tiles and large ornamental plates, bowls, urns  and platters



When I was last at the "Scuola d' Arte Ceramica" in Deruta Italy,
the most revered Maestro, Romano Ranieri,  spent the day with me, teaching me the finer points of Maiolica painting. 
Maestro Ranieri painted the fruit you see on the left.  He then handed me the plate with instructions to paint the same design to the right.  He was surprised that I didn't follow instructions to the "T".   Yet he smiled at me with approval.





And this is the work of Maestro Romano Ranieri

I will be visiting the Maestro and Professor Nicola Boccini this September.

Gina



16 comments:

  1. I love the ladybug plate (my husband's nickname for me is 'Ladybug'). I should think the Maestro was well pleased with his pupil; the artwork is almost identical!! His work is exquisite in the last image.

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  2. Dear Alaine, Just listed four of the Ladybug plates in my Etsy Shop. Each one is an original. They are cocktail plates, 6 inches in diameter.
    Maestro Ranieri's work is astounding. He paints more than 14 hours each day. He is a remarkable artist, never is too busy helping serious students.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful trip planned for Sept.! I still want more of your signature tiles....just have to find a place to put more!

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  4. It's a good teacher who acknowledges a student's individuality. I liked that story! Lucky, lucky people who will get to buy your lovely work - I would go wild!

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  5. I love the cup with flowers....that would be a fab addition to my morning coffee ritual. There is a quiet beauty in it that is just right for mornings.

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  6. Dear Theresa, I would love to hear more about your trip to Italy. Any time you would like to have something special painted, just let me know.

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  7. Dear Karen, Maestro Romano Ranieri is a most remarkable Gentleman. He doesn't speak English and I only know a smithering of Italian but we get along just fine.

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  8. Dear Nance, I'm happy to list your favorite cup on Etsy, if you like. Thank you for your visit. Gina

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  9. What a wonderful keepsake and conversation piece you have in that fruit plate! The last image by Maestro Romano Ranieri is stunning. How exciting for you to be spending more time with him this year. certainly worth a trip in itself!

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  10. Hello:
    What stunning hand coloured plates and tiles. They are so attractive and will surely be seized upon instantly at the sale.

    We have found your wonderfully stylish and eclectic blog by chance and have been fascinated by your obvious love of Italy which we share.

    How marvellous to be revisiting the 'Maestro' in September. We have signed ourselves as Followers to stay in touch.

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  11. Hi Mark, For me a trip to Italy is not complete until I go back to Deruta, time and time again.

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  12. Hi Jane and hello Lance, Welcome! Thank you for becoming Followers. Hope you visit often and thank you also for your lovely compliments.
    Gina

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  13. What a special connection you have in Deruta. You have so many beautiful things ready for heritage day, I don't think I've ever seen you bee and ladybug designs.

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  14. Dear Francesca, I painted a few bumble bee designs last year. They sold quickly so I decided to paint a few more and in addition, try a few ladybug designs.

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  15. Love your work. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with sales.

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  16. Hi German Gems, Thank you for your comment and welcome. You are very brave, taking up roots and moving to a foreign country. All the best to you.
    Gina

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