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Founded in 1959 by the father/son team of Virgilio and Giulio Gialletti, this traditional Italian ceramics studio in the heart of Deruta is now run by third generation brothers Antonio and Carlo. Combining tradition with original, innovative designs, Gialletti Giulio draws on a rich history of majolica ceramics that has flourished since before the 13th century.

Maestro Franco Lamincia has been the master painter at Ceramiche Artistiche Gialletti Giulio since the company’s founding. In keeping with their motto, dove l’arte prende forma (where art takes shape), every piece is handcrafted from start to finish by their small team of artists. The clay is sourced from the surrounding hills, then goes through the entire majolica process of shaping, two firings and glazing by talented artisans, many of whom have been with the studio since the beginning.

The town of Deruta is itself a “living museum” of ceramic workshops that continue to produce traditional motifs with polished glazes in rich, saturated colors, and highly ornate designs. While visiting Deruta in June, 2013 a friend brought me to Ceramiche Artistiche Gialletti Giulio. On the day I visited, I met Michele who is a long time friend of Antonio and Carlo. Michele has worked for the family for 12 years. His job is to work with foreign customers (especially those like me, who speak very little Italian) and organize the shipments. It has been great working with Michele – he was friendly, polite, and very helpful as I worked to find my favorite designs.

I am honored to add the exceptional work of the Gialletti family to the Emilia Ceramics collection. I truly believe that it represents the best that Deruta has to offer. I love the way these pieces marry a refined, sophisticated look with the authenticity of visible brushstrokes and true Italian character. Enjoy!

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