Professional Guide to Handmade Italian Dinnerware

Choosing a set of dinnerware is not an easy matter. Hundreds of different brands, materials, designs to choose from and such a big amount of money involved in the purchase that an error would be much regretted. However, when you decide to stand out from the crowd and go for something really dissimilar and unique like handmade Italian dinnerware, here are some good pieces of information.

What Is Italian Dinnerware Made Of?

The sets of Italian dinnerware are generally made of ceramics, a word derived from the Greek word keramos, which means clay. Generally used, ceramics is a more general term, which can be applied to both porcelain and ceramics. Italian dinnerware sets, along with crockery and cooking utensils, are typically made of white or red clay. Red clay, harder and thicker, is generally used for parts that need to be more resistant to high temperatures and everyday use, such as platters, plates, bowls, cups, and mugs. Serving accessories, such as jars and cruets, are usually made of white clay.

How Is It Done?

After the first baking, the biscotto need to be submerged in a fast drying liquid glaze bath so that it can contain liquids. Once dry, the glazed piece is ready to be painted by hand. A final firing at 1690 ° Fahrenheit will cause the enamel to interact with the metal oxides used by the painter to make the translucent deep and brilliant colors particular to Italian ceramics. To know which clay an Italy pottery piece is ready for you don’t need to break it. Just put it upside down. There is constantly an unglazed area on the bottom, which prevents the piece from sticking to the surface of the oven when it is fired. The clay is visible clearly there.

What Does Handmade Mean?

This attractive word is what makes the difference between Art and Mass production and has a key value for most of us. It suggests a simple but profound way of life, a sense of memory and history, a creative gesture that shapes the imagination. This means the potter uses a simple piece of refined clay, throws it on a wheel and prepares the shape that will then be painted. The quality of the form depends on the ability of the potter, of a precise and natural drying and of the first firing in the kiln.

Hand-Painted Dinnerware: It Does Make All the Difference!

Have you ever seen an Italian artist hand-paint a pottery piece? Oh, it’s really amazing. In all of them, my attention was drawn to their amazement by their concentrated gestures. No matter how many times they have painted the similar design, their brushes constantly move on the enamel with the similar mixture of cert and creative emotion. To be completely aware of the value hidden in a piece of hand-painted Italian pottery, you need to know a couple of things. Potters are not allowed to make errors when painting over glazed biscotto. Colors cannot be easily erased without compromising all work.


Well, if you are still reading, you must have learned very much about Italian Dinnerware. Now is the time to start in search of a pattern that suits your style. And if I can add one last tip, never compromise on quality!