Last evening during an on-line meander, I discovered Montelupo's pottery. This centuries old town near Florence has been devoted to ceramics since the Renaissance. The men in harlequin attire bearing flags or weapons are most often backed by brilliant cadmium yellow and much patterning. I was smitten.
Girls, clear the buffet, make space on a cupboard shelf. Your mom is sending home Italian bowls and platters for Christmas. Actually, this message is also directed toward my siblings and friends. I have been truly smitten by plates. And as of this morning, I am to a certain extent, inoculated as well. Scrolling through hundreds of images gives me a certain degree of discernment. Photos of ceramic shops inventory show a lot of kitsch.