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Ceramics in Messina


July 9th, 2015

Ceramics in Messina, a brief history: Activities related to ceramics have taken place in Messina since the Arabic period. For several centuries the production of ceramics was limited to objects for domestic use such as dishes and containers. The village where the most authentic expression of creativity came from was Santo Stefano di Camastra in... View Article

The Sicilian puppet theatre


June 25th, 2015

The Sicilian puppet theatre known as the Opera dei Pupi emerged in Sicily at the beginning of the nineteenth century and enjoyed great success among the island’s working classes. The puppeteers told stories based on medieval chivalric literature and other sources, such as Italian poems of the Renaissance, the lives of saints and tales of... View Article

Fabulous maiolicas


June 9th, 2015

An absolute gem and one of my favourite regular stops in Abruzzo: the medieval town of Castelli and its fabulous maiolicas. Castelli is a comune in the province of Teramo, Abruzzo, included in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. The medieval hill town lies beneath Mount Camicia on the eastern side of the Gran Sasso Massif. Castelli is best... View Article

Two brothers and artisans, one passion: interior design


April 14th, 2015

My dear friends Marco and Alberto, two brothers living and working in Padua and owners of Almar (www.almaritalia.it), interviewed on their lifetime passion as artisans and entrepreneurs in interior design. “We love what we do and we dedicate to our job all our time (including our free time). We started learning about interior design at... View Article

Master tailors


March 25th, 2015

Master tailors: nonno and nonna “I grew up with a needle in my hands, I could do needlepoint and jackets since a very young age. I remember when I was ten I would come to Pescara to take some fabrics with me, I would then go home and embroider them. With the money from the... View Article

History of a Sicilian icon: the carretto


March 19th, 2015

History of a Sicilian icon: the carretto The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy. The cart has always been the symbol of Sicily and its traditions. The Sicilian cart, just like... View Article

Ceramics of Caltagirone, Sicily


March 12th, 2015

The history of ceramics of Caltagirone, Sicily is doubtlessly millennial. Since human kind has learned how to dominate the four elements, in Caltagirone (Sicily) there have been artisans able to create original colours and shapes. When men starting to live on agriculture they began making big containers and small vases made of a black-grey mixture... View Article

Modern time Italian artisans


March 11th, 2015

Bottega Artistica Italiana was born some years ago from a communal program of two good friends, Paola and Rita, two modern time Italian artisans. These two teachers felt the need of having a personal space and time to relax and share their passion for all handmade things. “Ours is a tiring job but also an... View Article