THE PARADISO CERAMICS STORY
Our love-affair with Deruta ceramics began during an Italian 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.
Over the course of several years, we returned to Deruta to purchase many ceramics for our home, including a dinner set (Giglio design in case you're interested), lamps, bowls, jugs and light fittings.
In 2017 we were thrilled when friends Mike and Marguerite Walsh suggested we team up to import Deruta ceramics, and Paradiso Ceramics was launched in December 2017.
We are passionate about the beauty of these products, and also passionate about helping artists in this small Umbrian town survive and continue to ply their ancient craft.
We carefully select objects that convey the hand-crafted element in the shapes, textures, and colours of the finished works. In 2019 we added an exciting range of modern designs from Viva Ceramiche that still apply the 5-stage process of majolica but are decorated with decals (applied by hand) instead of paint before the final firing process.
We hope you also fall in love with these beautiful Italian ceramics.
Jan Pont and Marg Anderson, Crookwell, NSW, Australia
The Paradiso Ceramics team (L to R) - Mike & Marguerite Walsh, Marg Anderson and Jan Pont share a meal and glass or two of vino in Deruta.