Our strength is flexibility: come to us or we can come to you!
If you are staying in a hotel, come to our villa and cook with us in our delightful kitchen.
Classes are held at “Villa Vincara,” an elegant, antique villa of the early 1800s located in the country only 2 kilometres away form the centre of Deruta, a medieval town known world-wide for its finest ceramics.
We are easy to reach and centrally located, only a few kilometres away from Perugia, Todi, Assisi, Foligno…
If you are renting a property in Umbria, we also offer classes on location. We will come to your rental villa and prepare a delicious lunch for you. (A minimum of 5 people is required.)
Via Vincara, 6 – 06053 Deruta (PG) – Italy
If you are coming from Rome, on the A1 Autostrada, follow the directions for Florence and then EXIT at ORTE. At Orte, where you pay the toll, follow directions for the SS E45 DERUTA-PERUGIA. Once you are on the SS E45, EXIT DERUTA NORD. At the stop sign make a left turn and go under the SS E45. At this point follow directions for VILLA VINCARA.
If you are coming from Florence, on the A1 Autostrada, follow the directions for Rome and then EXIT at VALDICHIANA BETTOLLE. Continue on the SS E45 following directions for Rome and EXIT at DERUTA NORD. At the stop sign make a right turn and then follow the directions for VILLA VINCARA.
If you are coming from Cesena, on the SS E45, follow the directions for Rome. Pass S. Sepolcro, Città di Castello and keep following directions for Rome. EXIT at DERUTA NORD. At the stop sign make a right turn and then follow the directions for VILLA VINCARA.
DERUTA: OUR HOME BASE
Being located on a soft hill – overhung by woods – Deruta offers a wide view allowing your eyes to sweep the whole valley: from Mount Peglia to Perugia, from the Tiber plain to the opposite hills. Close to the ancient boundary walls, you will find the oldest village in Deruta., From there, if you climb across three city gates of the ancient defense system, you will have access to the historical part of the city. There, the civic towers amid the church tower of St. Francesco stand out, overhanging the rectangular-shaped square, with a beautiful fountain. During the Fifties the new part of the city developed along the ancient street Via Tiberina, thus creating many handicraft shops for the manufacturing of the artistic majolica. As a matter of fact, the employement of most of the 7600 inhabitants of Deruta, is dependent on this well known production.
Deruta identifies itself with the manufacturing of artistic majolica. The most ancient evidence regarding this expression of art dates back to August 12, 1290, and testifies a payment “in kind” against “unam saumam vasorum.” That was the archaic period during which objects of common usage were manufactured: beakers, basins, bowls, “panate,” meagrely decorated, mainly with geometric and animal patterns. The prevailing colours are green “ramina” and manganese brown. during the subsequent centuries majolicas from Deruta reached the highest splendour and expanded in the Sixteenth Century in the main marketplaces, not just the Italian ones. Artists such as Giacomo Mancini (“El Frate” that is “The Friar”) and Francesco Urbini created many prominent works. Display plates, amatory chalices, straw-bottomed chalices, nobiliary armorial bearings show a range of patterns with female characters, mythological scenes, battles and Holy images. There are other several other unique and original patterns popular from that period including floral and zoomorphous, grotesque, floral curls, peacock’s-feather’s eye, crown-of-thorns, wolf-tooth and petal-back like imbrications. In the meantime the range of colours became richer, and added the orange, the blue and the yellow. The technique of metallic lustre, characterized by splendid golden reflections, began to appear in the most valued works. The first “lustre” piece, ascribed to Deruta, dates back to 1501 and it is a bas-relief representing the martyr of Saint Sebastiano. It is preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum of London. Floors, such as the floor of the Church of St. Francesco in Deruta, of St. Maria Maggiore in Spello or of the Sacristy of St. Pietro in Perugia, are further evidence of the best Deruta majolica production. Over the years, the style and the decorative patterns have become the ”epitomized” style, consisting of quick strokes, and the “calligrafico” (minutely-finished) style, of Moorish inspiration, consisting of twisting of flowers, leaves, arabesques, birds and other animals. In the XVIII century there was a period of crisis during which – nevertheless – an attempt to overcome the same was represented by Gregorio Caselli, who established a factory of fine majolica, in imitation of porcelain, in Deruta. After the Unity of Italy the economical recovery was largely due to the activity of Angelo Micheletti, Alpinolo Magnini, Davide Zipirovic, while Ubaldo Grazia became well known for his “talent in copying.” In the present day the high level of artistic production can be found by visiting the “living museum” which stretches across the streets of Deruta, made of workshops, laboratories, factories, show rooms., There, you can freely observe the various steps of the production process. Observation of such production processes can also be found in other locations such as Ripabianca, known for the manufacturing of vases, oil jars, pitchers and pottery jugs.
Today, you can visit the Museo Regionale della Ceramica (Regional Museum of Pottery), where many representative historical pieces of Deruta’s pottery are shown.