Basing the testimonies the ceramics
production is attested to Deruta
since the XIII century, even if the
recovery of some finds allows to suppose that such activity is initiated in
more ancient times. In the first period the production appears limited to the
objects of daily use, but beginning from the XV century a series of graphic
innovations and aesthetics allow the ceramics of Deruta to reach incomparable
aesthetical levels. The objects become flushed of new tones, the yellow, the
orange and the blue are introduced, besides the original decorations forms are
placed, side by side, inspired to floral motives, zoomorph and grotesque. The
presence of artists and teachers in the workmanship of the ceramics enriches
the production of real masterpieces, required by the of Francis Church
of Deruta, Santa Maria Maggiore
and for the San Pietro
. It's calculated that during the '500 at Deruta were
active well 52 furnaces. The huge presence of furnaces and laboratories pushed
artists and artisans to get organized in guild, editing a statute that
safeguarded the category and its products.
Today the art of the workmanship of the
majolica is present as at that times, making of the town a swarm of
laboratories and factories that the ancient tradition continues.
To safeguard its own peculiarities the
city of Deruta is endowed with a '' Disciplinary of Artistic and Traditional
'', assuming a proper mark, '' Artistic and
''. The production disciplinary regulates the quality
of the product, assures its continuity and fidelity to the tradition, assuring
the buyers for what concerns the origin
zone of the objects, the firm and the typology, exactly as if it were a
oenologic or gastronomic product.
Besides this, Deruta is partner founder of
the Italian Association City of the Ceramics
, born in 1999, a net that
connects the historical zones of production of the artistic ceramics.
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