Last week I went up to Deruta for the day from Rome. It’s actually not that far, 2 hours door to door. But I would never have even considered it if not for the fact that two of my long time clients asked me if I would go with them. Sounded like a great idea to me!
I love developing new tours, and given my passion for the subject, this one almost made itself. We had a car and driver pick up us early, in Rome, so we had the entire day to explore.
Our day included a private visit to the Ceramic Museum (more on that in the next post) a fantastic lunch, and visits to five different ceramic workshops. Of course we visited Sberna and Grazia, which I’ve written about in the past, but also Patrizio Chiucchiu, Geribi and one of my favorites, MOD.
I love MOD because besides the classic Deruta patterns, they are always working with designers to come up with new patterns. This time around I fell in love with two lines that kind of define the words bright and cheery. One, Lovebirds, is swirls of blue and green stylized leaves with the central motif of a pair of turquoise and orange birds. The other pattern, Fiorelline Alma, is just that: peach and blue blossoms on a white background scattered with leaves.
Ariana, my client, was very decisive, and immediately bought a medium sized bowl with the Lovebirds pattern. Me? I couldn’t decide between a canister which would have been perfect for biscotti, or a pitcher. Which means I’ll just have to go back soon.
If you’d like to know more about my day trips to Deruta, and join me, just send me an email for the details.
And one more question: if you’re reading this post then there is a chance you like Italian ceramics. My first book, Deruta: A Tradition of Italian Ceramics has been out of print for about ten years. I’m thinking of re-issuing it as an e-book, but trying to gauge the interest. What do you think?