Italian Ceramics

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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.

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 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!

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.

Signature Torrefazione Raffaellesco Italian ceramics

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Torrefazione , a northwest coffee company famous for serving its Italian-style espresso drinks in traditional Raffaellesco Italian pottery coffee cups, was purchased by Starbucks Corp. in 2003. Starbucks closed all Torrefazione retail locations in 2005; the coffee brand lived on but the Italian ceramics were discontinued. has entered into an agreement with F.I.M.A. Deruta […]

Italian Ceramics: Azzurro Collection

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

By traveling to Deruta, Italy and meeting with the craftsmen in person we are able to design exclusive Italian ceramic patterns. Such is the case with our Azzurro Collection–the vibrant turquoise that highlights this design is not a tradtional color used in Italian pottery.

Raffaellesco – Beloved Italian Ceramic Pattern

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Named for the Renaissance painter Raphael, Raffaellesco is one of the most popular and enduring Italian ceramic designs. The central motif of the Raffaellesco pattern is a stylized sea dragon which was copied from the “grotesque” frescos in the Vatican Palace by Raphael.

A Touch of Tuscany in Italian Ceramics

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Our Toscana Italian Ceramic Collection is among our most popular and features the lush fruits and vivid colors of the region. The lemon (limone), grape (uva) motifs are extremely popular in Italian ceramics from all regions and especially in Tuscany.

Frutta Nero Italian Ceramics

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

This Italian ceramic collection is exclusive to Poggi Bonsi and one of our most popular. We’ve added a black background to lush Italian fruit giving a modern feel to a classic theme. The colors of the fruit are rich with vivid contrast and the design is suited to both traditional and modern decor.

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