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About Artistica - Deruta of Italy Ceramics...

Deruta Dinnerware

We ONLY feature genuine Italian hand painted ceramic dinnerware masterfully hand decorated by old school artists from Deruta, Firenze, Vietri-Amalfi and Faenza.
All Artistica's Dinnerware and Tabletop Products are Guaranteed to be 100% Food Safe.
Our manufactures do NOT use any glaze or color pigment with lead content in our dinnerware and tabletop products.
Furthermore we independently inspected and test these products to comply with FDA standards and U.S.A. import regulations for lead and cadmium.
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Microwave and Conventional Oven Use
Artistica - Deruta's dinnerware products are fired at about 1800 Degrees F. therefore very resistant to high heat but they are manufactured to be used as "serving" pieces and not cookware, therefore not suitable for actual cooking simply because they will get very hot and not because of possible damage to the piece itself.
Nevertheless, YES they can be used for moderate reheating food in both conventional and microwave oven in low power mode, just be careful when handling any piece out of the oven.

Dishwasher Safe
All Artistica's Deruta dinnerware, mugs and any tabletop products are electric dishwasher safe, but it is recommended to place the dishes or ceramics far apart to avoid touching each other during the high pressure dishwashing.

CHARACTERISTICS of MAJOLICA and EARTHENWARE CERAMICS:
The crazing effect
With repeated use or with temperature and humidity change, earthenware ceramics have a tendency to "craze" (forming minuscule hairline cracks in the glazing). The crazing is the nature of earthenware, and has no significant effect on the ceramics and sometimes it is a much sought after effect...
It may appear several days or even years after production and is caused by the thermal expansions of glaze and ceramic body that expand slightly on heating and contract on cooling as the glaze "stretches" on the ware and cracks.

Dinnerware Thermal Shock and cracking
Earthenware by nature is sensitive to extreme temperatures such as boiling or freezing liquids, therefore pour hot liquids into your plates or cups, slowly to avoid sudden temperature changes that may crack your ceramic piece.

The beauty of imperfection
Because each piece of Majolica and Ceramic is individually crafted, you will notice slight variations in color and size.
Furthermore, occasionally you will note paint smudges, fingerprints and looseness of lids. These variances should not be considered as imperfections, but as evidence of fine, hand-crafted work.

100% Food Safe
All Artistica's Dinnerware and Tabletop Products are Guaranteed to be 100% Food Safe. Our manufactures do NOT use any glaze or color pigment with lead content in our dinnerware and tabletop products.
Furthermore we independently inspected and test these products to comply with FDA standards and U.S.A. import regulations for lead and cadmium.
See our latest independent laboratory test.


> Learn about THE MAKING OF ITALIAN POTTERY <


AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED
We understand that Authenticity is of the most concern when purchasing fine Italian pottery.
When you order from us, rest assured that you will receive absolutely first quality, genuine products!
- All of our products are brand new, 100% Authentic, Original products Hand Painted and Hand Made in Italy.
- All our products are always accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and further authenticated with a tamper evident Hologram Sticker.
- Our company was the very first direct importer in the United States of real Deruta pottery since 1983.
- Orders are shipped promptly from our Glenview, IL USA warehouse.