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Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm in Hog Heaven



When I can be in Deruta




Where more than 200 ceramic shops line the Via Tiburina at the foot of  centro storico.





At the top, the historic center of Deruta, you will find the Museo Regionale dell Ceramica, the most important Museum of its kind in the regionYou enter the historic center through the Porta di S. Michele Arcangelo, where  remains of early furnaces are evident.





 I love strolling through the historic center, early in the morning,  when shopkeepers are sweeping their sidewalks and shouting to each other.  Then I can admire their beautiful work.





Antique reproductions are my favorite ceramics. 






Hand painted ceramic tiles are found everywhere in Deruta.





Facades, window and door surrounds, sidewalks, fountains, garden walls...everywhere.





There is so much to admire.





Modern ceramics based on ancient designs.   





Artisans from Deruta have been painting their special ceramics for over 300 years.





Maestro Romano Ranieri

The highlight of my visit is always an  invitation to  paint with Professore Nicola Boccini and Maestro Romano Ranieri at the Scuola d' Arte, Deruta.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQktRiOKka4


Gina
http://ginaceramics.blogspot.com/2011/05/first-day-of-class.html


26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. I can see where you get your inspiration.

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  2. Hello dear Gina! What a sumptuous visual feast this post is! I just keep looking at the images over and over. Deruta is not on the route we hope to take through Italy next year but you've really got me thinking about adding it in. I can see why it fuels your passion so.

    I hope you are well and enjoying a beautiful autumn. Thank you for stopping by – always a treat to hear from you. xo – g

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  3. Deruta is a place that I know I would love to visit, and wonder if this will ever happen. I have a beautiful little vase from Deruta, brought back to me by a friend many years ago.

    I look at that vase every so often to remind myself of a dream.

    Your photos are splendid, and I can learn much from the use of colors in those ceramics. Lucky you to be there and to have the opportunity to learn more while you are there from masters.

    Best wishes.

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  4. Hello German Gems, Thee is nothing like seeing and touching the real thing. Yes, it is inspirational.

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  5. Dear Georgianna, There is so much to see in that part of Umbria; Assisi, Spello, Spoletto, Perugia, Todi, and so much more. It may have to be a separate trip.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am so pleased that you liked this post. Gina

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  6. Dear Frances, What is so very special about hand painted ceramics is that the colors stay as vibrant today as they were when they were painted 300 years ago.

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  7. WOW! These images are all so gorgeous. The grouping of four, with the shield and the grapes at center, I find q`especially visually exciting. You must be in heaven when you visit Deruta! I hope you'll share more of your time with Maestro Romano Ranieri.

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  8. Beautiful. I love the Deruta ceramics. Enjoyed your post!

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  9. I love this pottery and have a few pieces myself. The mosaics are beautiful and I can see where your inspiration came from.

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  10. Very beautiful! WOW! I've never seen anything like these! ♥

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a marvelous post! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty on MM. :)

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  12. Wow...so special...color and design gives this art a special "something"....

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  13. Fantastic! You must have felt like being in the ceramic heaven!
    Beautiful images and interesting info!
    Thank you, Gina.
    xxxkarin

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  14. Hello Mark, I wish that I could spend more time in Deruta.

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  15. Thank you Carol and please come back for another visit. Gina

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  16. Hi Black Eyed Susan...It is easy to love the colorful ceramics from Italy isn't it.

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  17. Hi Lavender, Deruta can be overwhelming. It is all about ceramics.

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  18. Hi Mary, Thank you for letting me be part of MM.

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  19. Hello Garden of Threads, So nice of you to come by for a visit.

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  20. Hello Thoughtfully, What is amazing about ceramics is their longevity...their colors never fade, even after hundreds of years.

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  21. Dear Karin, No trip to Italy is complete without a stop at the Scuole d' Arte Ceramica in Deruta. I is always exciting.

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  22. Hi Gina...

    Ohh my...I would be in heaven too...if I were able to visit Deruta! What a beautiful place soooo much eye candy! Thank you for sharing this lovely post and visit with us for the Sunday Favorites party today, Gina!

    Hope you're having a super Sunday!
    Chari

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  23. Hi Jo, Thanks for your visit. I'm so glad you liked this little journey.

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  24. Hello Chari, And thank you for letting me be part of your lovely Sunday Favorite Posts. Have a wonderful holiday.

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