TO PRESERVE, EXPERIENCE AND CELEBRATE THE ITALIAN CULTURE
BUON NATALE A TUTTI!
Christmas in Italy is filled with music, celebrations, food and an appreciation of the religious significance of the holiday. It is a joyous time spent with family and friends. Give the tradition of hand-crafted artisanal gifts this holiday season.SHOP GIFTS
We are thankful for the opportunity, collectively, to support the incredible Italian Artisan Families that create the Biordi majolica, ensuring this handcrafted art legacy continues. Each piece of majolica you purchase from Biordi is handcrafted and lovingly painted.SHOP ARTISANS
Famiglia! The Ribigini family has been producing majolica for many generations. Gerardo owns the workshop. His Father organized a group of artists after the war and built a factory for 200 workers. When Gerardo was 15 he began his apprenticeship, and started the business at age of 20. Now Gerardo, and his daughter, Claudia, hand-craft one of the most popular designs sold at Biordi, the peacock feather ceramic design.SHOP GERIBI
The very essence, the soul, of Italian ceramics lives in La Citta di Deruta. Deruta, the center of Italian Majolica since the 12th century has over 100 ceramic workshops offering some of the best quality majolica in the world. There are six designs that form the foundation of Italian ceramics and capture the elegance of Italy’s traditional tableware.SHOP DERUTA
Ivana and Saura Vignoli, sisters, in Faenza, Italy a short drive from the Adriatic Sea, developed a special technique named “Full-fire Reduction”. The technique involves unique glazes and firing styles, to create a spectacular copper sheen. These techniques offer a modern Italian aesthetic. The sea, an important influence to their family’s history is honored through schools of sardines or anchovies gracing their creations.SHOP VIGNOLI
SUSANNA DE SIMONE
Giovanni De Simone, a renowned artisan from Palermo, Sicily, was a visionary in his use of intense colors and cubist drawing style similar to Picasso. Giovanni as a young man shared his innovation of incorporating bright red in ceramics with Picasso. Today, this art style lives on in the hand of his daughter Susanna. Her limited production pieces bear her signature, together with the company's name “Fabricca della Ceramica”.SHOP DESIMONE
During the Renaissance, Italian cities were partitioned into districts or neighborhoods called Contrade to supply troops to the military. Today, the most celebrated Contrade are of Siena, where 17 Contrade, each represented by a symbol or animal, compete in the Piazza del Campo for pride and the glory of winning in a biannual horse race called the Palio di Siena, which dates back to 1656.
In 1986, Walter Staccioli began producing ceramic pieces incorporating the Contrade patterns of Siena. Today, daughters, Sonia Staccioli and her sister Jada carry on the traditions. These works of art can only be found exclusively at Biordi and the Staccioli workshop at the Piazza del Campo in Siena.SHOP CONTRADE
Schittone of Sicily
Love, Passion and Revenge.
The Legend of the Teste di Moro goes back to the XI Century, a period of Moorish rule and domination of the strategic island of Sicily. The Moorish Heads are created by brothers Vincenzo and Giuseppe Schittone in Sciacca, a beautiful coastal town on the southwestern coast of Sicily approximately 100 miles from Tunisia.
Eugenio Riccirelli is one of the most beloved artisans in Deruta. Eugenio began working at 13 in a painting factory. He then became an apprentice for the esteemed Franco Mari, eventually running Franco Mari’s studio for many years. Eugenio, known for his geometric designs and hues of blue, produces his works in 12 simplified patterns and 65 full designs.SHOP EUGENIO
Le Donne D'Italia
For an Evening Immersion in Culture, Cuisine & Ceramiche