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thatsArte.com was born out of a lifetime passion which we, as friends, do share as we share a taste for good food and country living.
Our names are Manuela and Tiziana. We are both Italian and live in Umbria, a region right in the center of Italy with many century old ceramic centers like Deruta, Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino and Orvieto.
Although we have spent most of our lives in Italy, we have also lived abroad for several years in places like Brussels, Geneva, London, Prague and Singapore. In the past, we have both been professionals in fields like advertising, marketing and TV production. But we now have a new and more fulfilling career as mothers of some playful kids.
We share a love for Italian artistic ceramics of which we are avid collectors. Manuela’s passion for pottery is in her DNA. Her father is from Gubbio and he descends from the Andreoli family. Mastro Giorgio Andreoli is the most important potter of the Italian Renaissance. He arrived in Gubbio in 1498, where he invented his unequalled lustreware.
We like to get to know the artists and learn directly from them about their style. We spend time traveling around the best known Italian ceramic centers – which are also some of the prettiest small medieval cities – scouting for new bright artists. Tough life, you must think…
We exclusively focus on the very finest Italian artistic majolica: hand made and hand painted with the same process used centuries ago. We look for style, history but also a touch of innovation. Once we find the artist we like, we select what we think are the best pieces of art in their portfolio. We stay constantly in touch with them to bring you their newest and finest creations.
We started selling some of our Italian ceramics on Ebay a few years back. It went very well. Our Customers have been delighted by the items they bought from us and by our focus on Customer service. Most of them have become loyal Customers. You can see some of their comments in the Customer Feedback section. This encouraged us to go a step further and set up our own web site.
We make accurate descriptions of each piece we sell and guarantee your satisfaction with each and every item you purchase from us. If you have any questions regarding any of our items, please do not hesitate to or contact us at 800.450.6170 (US residents only) at your convenience.
Thank you for visiting our website.
Tiziana & Manuela