What is Maiolica Ceramics?

About Maiolica Ceramics

Italian maiolica and Italian ceramics are world renowned because of their master craftsmanship, durability, and beauty. 

During the Renaissance period, a small town in Umbria called Deruta, made use of the special clay from the Umbrian hills establishing itself as the center for the production of maiolica and Italian pottery.  The superior maiolica produced at this time gained respect as an art form, even though many pieces were intended for everyday use. The maiolica tradition continues in Deruta today, as well as in other parts of Italy.

Slight variations & imperfections are inherent characteristics in handmade, hand-painted items making each piece a unique work of art.  The ceramic artisans executing these designs are painting freehand with at most, a faint outline to guide their application of colored glazes. 

Mercata Imports Italian ceramics are all made by hand and are sourced from Deruta and Sorrento.