Bellissime Ceramiche di Rita

Ancient designs painted on beautifully shaped ceramics have always intrigued me. Since before recorded history, people have made utilitarian objects beautiful – just for the sake of them being beautiful. A water jug with intricate, colorful patterns doesn’t hold water any better than a plain jug, yet throughout the centuries we humans have found countless ways to make a water jug something special to behold.

My friend, Rita, who lives here in Fabro (my adopted home village in the region of Umbria) has continued the tradition of painting ceramics, and she favors designs passed along from medieval and Renaissance Italy. Colorful swirls and wispy lines curl themselves around vases, plates, cups, mirrors and countless other objects. What fun it is to browse in Rita’s shop!

I recently asked Rita to paint a set of matching lamps for our bedroom to match a quilt my mom made for us (stitched by hand!) several years ago. The fabrics in the quilt are a lovely blend of yellows, golds and reds, and Rita nailed it! The traditional, elegant design is perfect!

Isn’t it amazing how an object of beauty can lift you up, make you smile or fill you with peace, excitement or inspiration?

So here’s to beauty  for beauty’s sake, and here’s to the wonderful, ancient practice of painted ceramics!


Pamela Haack is host of the Italy Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs (an event held annually for highly motivated, high-achieving women entrepreneurs) and founder of Off the Beaten Strada, where she creates and organizes personalized experiences and specialty retreats in Tuscany and Umbria, Italy, for travelers who wish to be immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the regions.

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