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Simonetti Italian Ceramics

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Simonetti is a small family-run studio headquartered in the village of Castelli in Abruzzo, Italy. The artistic production it’s pottery, exclusively decorated by hand, reinterprets harmony with the Italian ceramic patterns of the past. Simonetti produces Italian ceramics that reflect five centuries of tradition while using modern forms thereby creating unique pieces with modern design and antique charm.

New Arrivals ~ Italian Ceramics Agata Collection

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Just arrived from Italy!

Agata Collection of Italian Ceramics

Our Agata Collection of Italian Ceramics is made by a family ceramic studio in Montespertoli, Tuscany and features classic shapes and rustic artistry and is suited to many decorating styles from classic to modern. Antiqued glazing, uneven color and distressed areas with an old-world patina add to the rustic elegance of each Tuscan pottery object. During the Renaissance colored glazes were produced using various minerals…iron oxide for green and ferric oxide for yellow to brown tones. The Agata Collection represents this historic hue with its rich Tuscan gold glaze. Many pieces are decorated with medieval crests and coiled handles.

Finding French Pottery on The “Sunny” Riviera

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
It was February 2008 and we had arrivedFrench Pottery from Vallauris on the French Riviera and were about to begin our quest for some new products to add to our French Ceramic Collection at We are searching for one artist in particular whom we had heard lived in Grasse, the fragrance capital of the world. Ah, the Riviera home to beautiful hand-painted pottery breath-taking views, gorgeous architecture, glamorous movie stars, and beautiful beaches warmed by the Mediterranean sun…except, we found, not in February.

Poggi Bonsi Featured in the Renton Reporter

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Renton Reporter Staff Writer
May 14 2010, 5:16 PM · UPDATED

All roads lead to Poggibonsi, or at least that’s what it appeared when one Renton business owner was lost in Tuscany more than 10 years ago.

And so Keli DeRitis convinced friend Michelle Codd that the name Poggi Bonsi, split for tongue-tied Americans, would be perfect for a European-style kitchen store.

The import-savvy business is among 20 other companies in the United States to take part in the Made in Italy national promotion this week.

Along with free events, the storefront is packed with special Italian wares through May 22, Codd said. “We’re just celebrating Italy.”

Made in Italy 2010 Coming to Poggi Bonsi at The Landing in May

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Poggi Bonsi has been selected by the Italian Trade Commission as one of only 20 retailers in the United States to host the 2010 “Made in Italy” national promotion.

From May 9 to 22, 2010 Poggi Bonsi will host the work of Italian artisans — including hand painted ceramics, terra cotta, jewelry, olive oil and more — these products will be featured in our store at The Landing in Renton. On May 16 from 4-7pm Poggi Bonsi will host a reception featuring Italian food and wine.

Raffaellesco Collection of Italian Ceramics

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Named for the Renaissance painter Raffael, Raffaellesco is one of the most popular and enduring Italian ceramic designs. The central motif of the Raffaellesco pattern is a stylized dragon which was thought to bring good luck and fair wind to seagoing merchants. You will notice the puffs of wind exhaling from Raffaellesco’s mouth. Our Raffaellesco […]

New Arrivals ~ French Pottery Garlic Grater Plates

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

  French pottery garlic plates, as well as a variety of Italian ceramics, Italian linens, kitchen items and gifts are available at,

New Poggi Bonsi Customer from Houston

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

We had a delightful visit today from Cheryl who had traveled to Seattle from Houston to attend a family graduation. She and her family were dining at Volterra Restaurant in Ballard (one of our favorites restaurants!) and she admired the Raffaellesco salt and pepper dishes that they purchase from Poggi Bonsi for their tables. The server told her about our retail outlet in Burien and Cheryl “Googled” us on the spot. She bought the Italian ceramic salt and pepper dish as well as a Raffaellesco spoon rest, butter dish and utensil jar.

We always love hearing these stories and gaining new customers from all over the world. Cheryl has promised to visit soon to add to her collection. Thanks, Cheryl!

Provencal Beauty of Southern France to your Table

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Poggi Bonsi is delighted to introduce our exclusive artisan made French ceramic garlic plates, hand painted, in Vallauris, France, a small village perched high above the French Riviera–a region with a rich history in French pottery production.

Tuscan Ceramics ~ Montelupo Fiorentino

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Most of the pottery known as Tuscan pottery or Florentine pottery is actually made in Montelupo Fiorentino–a beautiful little village of approximately 11,000 which is located about 10 miles from Florence. Montelupo Fiorentino was one of the most important Italian ceramic centers in Italy during the Renaissance and immediately after and has seen a revival of its ceramic industry during the last 10 years. Our Toscana Collection of Tuscan pottery is made in a family-run studio in Montelupo Fiorentino.

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