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About Us


Our love-affair with Deruta ceramics began during an Umbrian holiday in 2006. Deruta is a small town in Umbria in central Italy, and one of the biggest producers of the glazed Italian earthenware known as majolica. Artisans in Deruta still use centuries-old techniques to produce the ceramics, from throwing clay on a potter’s wheel to hand-painting colourful and intricate designs.

Deruta town

Over the course of several years, we returned to the town to purchase many ceramics to enhance our home - a 12-place dinner set (Giglio design), lamps, bowls, jugs and light fittings.

We are passionate about the beauty of these products, so in 2017 we teamed up with friends Mike and Marguerite Walsh to sell Deruta ceramics from our store in Arcadia Crookwell and online.

We are also passionate about helping artists in this small Umbrian town survive and continue to ply their ancient craft.

We have carefully selected objects that convey the hand-crafted element in the shapes, textures, and colours of the finished works.

We hope you fall in love with them too.

- Jan Pont and Marg Anderson, Crookwell, NSW, Australia

Mike Walsh, Marguerite Walsh, Marg Anderson and Jan Pont in Deruta, Italy

The Paradiso Ceramics team (L to R) - Mike & Marguerite Walsh, Marg Anderson and Jan Pont