Italian Ceramics


Each time I go to Italy I invest in something traditional. I started with glass, mainly. I’ve now started buying ceramics after visiting Umbria this winter. The traditional ceramic design of the region is called “Maiolica”. I love the colors and they are a lovely contrast dotted amongst my collection of blown glassware.

What do you collect when you visit Italy?


Each time you go to Italy?? I’ve yet to go there even once. I would love to go one day though. It just seems like it would be so beautiful. The wine, the food, the art, the language. I’m pretty close to obsessed at this point.

Since I have yet to visit Italy, I have not collected anything from there, but I do collect Italian language books, and I love Italian art. I had no clue what type of ceramics you are talking about here, so I looked them up online. The designs are really nice. I especially like the tile, but the bowls, the vases… all the designs look good.


That “each time” does sound rather pretentious. I didn’t mean it to … I’m by no means a rich or very frequent traveler. I go to Italy a lot because it’s easy to get to from where I’m based and it’s inexpensive AND I’m more than just a little obsessed with its history, especially the ancient history.

I hope you get to visit soon.


@Chantal My mother loves collecting ceramic pieces when she goes to Italy. She has a massive collection of yellow and blue ceramics. They’re gorgeous. I got clothes the last time I was there and plan to get more when I visit. I got a nice leather jacket last time…maybe I’ll get another one again!


I want to start collecting something typically Italian, with some sort of longer-term investment value. I have a large collection of keyrings all bought there when I was younger. And a small collection of glass from Murano and Burano. I like the idea of ceramics and will check them out . Thank you.


@Chantal That “each time” does not sound pretentious in any way, shape, form, or fashion,
I think it sounds glorious! And although you say you are by no means rich, good for you if that was the case. Being rich is a hard job, one that takes constant work and constant upkeep.

I’m more than a little obsessed with Italian history too. My thoughts tend to lean towards the romantic, and dreamy, and Italy and its history are all of that and more to me. Your writing about glass (I love glasswork) and ceramics (I adore ceramics) has ignited all kinds of ideas in my mind about going shopping at many different places, in person and online. Not good, because I’m on a strict budget.

@Francine I think it’s great that your mother has a collection of gorgeous yellow and blue ceramics. It’s always a good thing when a mother has taste. I would love to go clothes shopping in Italy. That would be really interesting. I know that there has to be all kinds of beautiful goods that you can get in Italy that are specific to that region. Of course the Internet makes it easy to shop online from stores all over the world, but there is nothing like shopping for clothes in person.


@Chantal I agree with Melii. That doesn’t’ sound pretentious to me at all. It just sounds amazing!

@Patrick I have a pretty extensive keyring collection from when I was younger too. I rarely see kids with huge keychains hanging from their backpacks anymore. That was the definition of cool when I was in elementary school.

@Melii My mother has great taste, I’ll have to give her that! Italy offers so many things that you just can’t get elsewhere - or can’t get as high of quality elsewhere. Things also just feel more Italian if you actually bought them yourself in Italy. You’ll always think of Italy whenever you wear it!