Italian Hand-Painted Ceramics: Art & Tradition Revealed

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Antipasti Dish
Seashore Serving Plate
Antipasti Dish
Hand painted ceramics from Amalfi
Limoncello Set (lilac)
Hand painted ceramics from Amalfi
Handmade, traditional ceramic tile from Sicily
Owl - Large
Handmade, traditional ceramic tile from Sicily
Ceramic plate wall clock from Sicily
Orange Plate Clock
Ceramic plate wall clock from Sicily
Ceramic and Wooden clock from Sicily
Blue Flower Clock
Ceramic and Wooden clock from Sicily
Handmade, traditional ceramic plates from Sicily
Regio - set of 3 plates
Handmade, traditional ceramic plates from Sicily

Using the traditional techniques of Italian ceramics production, our comprehensive range of colourful, decorative, hand-painted Italian ceramics is a wonderful celebration of traditional life in Italy. Each piece is lovingly painted by hand, making it totally unique. Ceramic tiles from Italy are famous all over the world and create a unique impression that will enhance any home. Italian pottery tableware perfectly represents the warmth and comfort of the Mediterranean lifestyle, creating a new connection with Italian culture or bringing back distant memories of an Italian ancestry.

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"I have just received the goods I ordered from Italy Gifts Direct. The ceramics are so pretty. Everything came wrapped up very carefully and the delivery service was perfect with the goods arriving much quicker than I expected. I would certainly recommend Italy Gifts Direct to others and hope to use their services myself again before too long. Very many thanks."
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About Italian Ceramics

Italian ceramic artistry, Hand-painted pottery Italy, Traditional Italian ceramics, Modern Italian ceramic designs

Italian ceramics and pottery production

Italian Ceramics

  • Italian Ceramic Plates
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  • Italian Ceramic Cups
  • Italian Ceramic Tiles
  • Italian Ceramic Clocks
  • Italian Ceramic Candlesticks

Italy's cultural richness is undisputed. From art and architecture to food and fashion, Italian craftsmanship has mesmerized the world for centuries. Among its many traditional arts, the craft of making hand-painted ceramics holds a special place. Rooted deeply in various regions of Italy, this art form has evolved over time, adapting to changing tastes while retaining its core ethos.

The Legacy of Italian Pottery

Pottery is one of the oldest crafts known to humanity. Its origin in Italy can be traced back to ancient times, with various regions contributing unique styles. For example, in southern Italy, terracotta pottery adorned with simple designs was popular. As we move through time, the Roman Empire showcased a penchant for ornate designs and detailed work on their pottery.

While pottery served practical purposes, the Italian approach always maintained a balance between functionality and aesthetics. This characteristic approach laid the foundation for the evolution of ceramics.

From Pottery to Ceramics: A Seamless Transition

Pottery primarily involves shaping clay and then baking it at high temperatures. Ceramics, on the other hand, bring in an additional layer of finesse. Once pottery pieces are shaped and fired, they're coated with a special glaze. This glazing not only adds a protective layer but also imparts a distinct sheen, setting ceramics apart.

As pottery morphed into ceramics in Italy, artists began to explore intricate designs and patterns, giving birth to the tradition of hand-painting.

Handcrafted Elegance: The Essence of Italian Ceramics

The real charm of Italian ceramics lies in their handcrafted nature. Each piece is a canvas, telling a story of the region it originates from, the artist who painted it, and the era it represents.

Faenza, a town in the Emilia-Romagna region, is often hailed as the ceramic capital of Italy. Its signature blue on white designs have been emulated worldwide. Then there's *Deruta* in Umbria, famous for its detailed, Renaissance-inspired patterns.

Hand-painting these ceramics is a skill passed down through generations. Artists spend years mastering the art, learning not just about techniques but also about the history and significance of patterns.

The Process: From Clay to Art

Crafting Italian ceramics involves several steps:

  1. Shaping the Clay: Skilled potters shape the clay into desired forms, be it plates, vases, or decorative pieces.
  2. First Firing: Once shaped, the pieces are baked in a kiln at high temperatures. This process, known as 'bisque firing,' hardens the clay.
  3. Glazing: Post the first firing, pieces are coated with a glaze. This glaze ensures the paint adheres to the surface and provides a protective layer.
  4. Hand-Painting: Artists then hand-paint designs onto the glazed pieces using various brushes and colors. This step is meticulous and can take hours to days, depending on the complexity of the design.
  5. Second Firing: The painted ceramics are then fired again, solidifying the paint and glaze, making them permanent.

Modern Italian Ceramic Designs

While tradition is the backbone of Italian ceramics, modern artists are not shying away from experimenting. Contemporary designs fuse traditional patterns with modern aesthetics. Some artists are integrating abstract art, while others are incorporating themes from popular culture.

This amalgamation of old and new ensures that Italian hand-painted ceramics remain relevant and sought-after in the ever-evolving world of art and design.


Italian hand-painted ceramics are a testament to the country's commitment to preserving its heritage while embracing change. From ancient pottery traditions to modern ceramic designs, Italy's journey in this craft is a mesmerizing blend of art, history, and passion.

For anyone keen on understanding Italian culture and artistry, these ceramics offer a fascinating window. They're not just decorative pieces but symbols of an age-old tradition that thrives on creativity, dedication, and, most importantly, love for the craft.

Ceramic Plates

Our ceramic tableware features a range of hand-painted brightly coloured Italian ceramic plates, available in different sizes.

Pottery Candlesticks

In our 'Candlestick' collection, you will find a range of hand made and hand-painted traditional Sicilian pottery candlesticks that evoke the unique culture of Sicily.

Ceramic Tiles

We also have a range of beautiful hand-painted, Italian ceramic tiles. These tiles are based on traditional, Italian designs

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