About Pia Formato

Pia Formato

In the Italian Province of Perugia, in the central region of Umbria, is an old hill town called Deruta, which is long known around the world for its refined Maiolica ceramics made from its local clay. 

Pia Formato started her career as an artist at the Institute of Avellino and Academy of Arts in Napoli, Italy.

Her love of art and Maiolica ceramics brought Pia to Deruta, the pulsing heart of this beautiful ancient tradition.  She learned the skillful craft under the diligent teaching of Master Romano Ranieri who shared with her secrets, techniques and mysteries of Majolica.

Pia’s unique pieces, characterized by vibrant colors and original innovative decorations, thrive to enhance the Maioliche tradition rather than abandon it.  Pia’s unique designs are the result of using shining colors with metallic luster glazes resulting in amazing creations of art by a totally hand-made and hand-painted manufacturing process.