Though, god knows, we don't really need more things in the past four years the household inventory has been augmented by a few items, particularly the Christmas ornaments - yes I know as if we really need more Christmas ornaments. However a wall plate, a Beaulieu-Hobbs name plaque and a large jar, all created by Valentina Pietrosanti in Sermoneta, will also be making their way back to Canada come July.
|I'm pretty sure that Nicky thinks the sunshine that he loves so much comes out of this ceramic pot - and Nora is willing to let him do the ground work and she'll just bask in the rays afterwards. The pot itself shows the distinct style of ceramics from the Lazio region - particularly the lemon branches. It was created by the very talented Valentina Pietrosanti at Labratorio Uscio e Bottega in Sermoneta.|
|I bought this plate in Erice however it was produced by Giacomo Alessi in his workshop in Caltagirone near Catania. The town is renowned for its ceramics and Alessi is one of the better known artists in the field. What attracted me was those pomegranates - they are as exuberant and as light hearted as the island itself.|
|This piece is also from a studio in Caltagirone though again bought in another part of the island. Francesco Boria is perhaps better known for his pieces in the antique baroque style so this subtle use of the green and simple line drawing is surprising when compared to much of his work.|
Agosto Fiorito's miniature ceramics - a left click will show them in actual size - are tiny representations of the riches of the farms, seas and pastry shops of Sicilia. Those vegetabls would made a wonderful caponata and the casatte and canoli look good enough to eat.Fortunately Fiorito's little gems will pack easy and may well find their way into various Christmas stockings as a reminder of the time spent here The other pieces are going to require some special handling so I'll have a few words with the movers and Sant'Anna, their patron saint, to make sure they arrive back in Canada in one piece.
28 maggio - San Just