In the 1300's, peasants used rustic glazes on their hand-thrown pottery that separated during firing, creating a terra cotta edge. Vietri reproduces these rustic edges today in Tuscany using clear glazes. The charming shapes of the Cucina Fresca collection (meaning "fresh kitchen"), offer simple sophistication. The combination of soothing cream with subtle terra cotta edges creates a statement of quiet elegance. Handmade in Italy.
Vietri (pronounced Vee-ay-tree) is an American importer of Italian handcrafted tableware. Founded 30 years ago by the Gravely sisters Frances and Susan with their mother after becoming enchanted by the colorful ceramics they discovered on a tour of Southern Italy, it has since become one of the most successful importers of Italian handscrafted ceramics, glassware, flatware and table linens in the States. Beginning with a manufacturer in the small Italian fishing village Vietri sul Mare near the Amalfi coast, they now work with more than 40 manufacturers scattered across Italy. The name is a play on "tre vite" - Italian for "three lives." The VIETRI brand combines the richness of European culture with a sophisticated American spirit. Fashion forward, yet classic, Italian home accessories are designed to complement the good life and celebrate Italy and all that it encompasses - a love of life, people, nature, and simply good living. Families of artisans handcraft many of VIETRI's products with 3 or 4 generations of history using centuries-old techniques. The subtle color from a paintbrush and the curving stroke of the artist's hand are never repeated in quite the same way, making ieach VIETRI piece truly unique.
Italian maiolica is foodsafe serveware but may not be used for cooking. It may be washed in a dishwasher; we recommend using an energy-saver or low-heat dry cycle to avoid drastic changes in temperature. When storing mugs in a cupboard against an outside wall, we recommend you swish warm tap water in them before pouring boiling water directly into the cup; or put a spoon in the cup to absorb the heat. Crazing of the outer glaze sometimes occurs over time; this does not affect the foodsafe quality of the maiolica.