The binomial Deruta pottery like the one Deruta ceramics results to be surely indissoluble and characterized by this little village.
If official documents do establish that Deruta pottery and Deruta ceramics has been produced since the XIIIth century, we have reasons to believe that the beginning of such an activity has to be established at least one century earlier. Anyway, at the end of the XIIIth century, Deruta had produced so many ceramics and pottery that it could pay the charges imposed to the city by Perugia in vases instead of money. At the end of the XIVth century, Deruta had for that reason hold a position of "regional" producer of pottery, ceramics and majolica and was, so to say, exporting. In fact, according to evidences, as early as in 1358 Deruta had exported more than one thousand vases in ceramics to Assisi, homeland of Saint Francesco, place where the need for pottery articles for the table and ceramic souvenirs for the pilgrims come to visit the tomb of the Saint was high.
The wealthiest period for Deruta was without any doubt the XVIth century, when its artists took part, althought with reflection, to the climate of artistic and cultural revolution of the Renaissance. It is during this period that the famous "Raffaellesco" ornament becomes popular, symbole of the Deruta pottery production. The term "raffaellesco" is coming from one of the big stars of the Renaissance: Raffaello. At the beginning of the century, Raffaello painted a serie of fresco with the decoration of a Loggia in the Vatican and some of its patterns were "grotesque": a fantastic composition of plants, animals and men.
Ceramists of Deruta, even if they had not seen by themselves such fresco, knew them thanks to prints and the "grotesque" ornaments started to be painted on their pottery. From the end of the XVIIth century until the XIXth century Deruta suffered from the general political and economic crisis and also from the growing competition of other places of production, such as for example Castelli d'Abruzzo.
We have to wait until the second half of the XIXth century to see a new birth of the interest for the "Renaissance" majolica and therefore for the Deruta ceramics Therefore it is absolutely necessary, for who is so fortunate to visit Umbria, to stop in the enterprises and in the shops specialized in that kind of production. Those who, on the contrary, can not profit now from a holidays in this region, will find a valid online shop with a large choice on our site, in such a way that besides the fact that they can not personally discover the secrets of the art of modeling and cooking from the clay, they can at least admire it directly in their own houses.