We start October 8th by boarding our lovely vehicle and making our way to Deruta; land of ceramics. What fun to stroll from shop to shop perusing all they have to offer. Then, as luck would have it, we are offered a spur of the moment backstage tour of the Gialletti Giulio shop and studio!
We watch as the potter makes a vase lickety split, followed by a bowl with scalloped edges….all in about 2 minutes. We’re shown the giant kiln and are then amazed by the ginormous vat of underglaze each item is dipped into. The best part is getting to watch the artists at work. They are amazing…painting all the very delicate and intricate designs with a steady hand. Maybe they don’t drink as much espresso as I do.
We have a fantastic lunch; pasta cooked in Sagrantino wine, lentil soup…everyone chooses something different. But there’s one thing on the menu that we ALL seemed to want: roasted artichokes. Oh my! They melted in your mouth leaving the crispy brown edges to crunch on. Oh. So. Good.
More coming soon,