Antica Fornace Deruta
Antica Fornace Deruta
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Antica Fornace Baiano is a genuine historical and cultural treasure -not to be missed- with beautiful pottery!ANTICA FORNACE DERUTA, located in the historic center, is always open. It is a genuine family run pottery shop, with an exceptional museum, a one-of-a-kind antique collection of pottery from the original largest pottery factory in Deruta complete with artists renderings and prototypes from over the centuries. Also inside the shop is the first kiln of Deruta, an Etruscan and Medieval pottery kiln to explore, with all of the artistic history of the birth of pottery in Deruta and fragments on display. Don't lose time and energy. ANTICA FORNACE DERUTA is the first place you need to see when you come to Deruta to understand and live again the history, the tradition, the passion, and the beauty that Deruta has given to the world for centuries through its art of hand painted pottery. Learn it from a family of quality artists and artisans, the Baiano family. The shop is open every day, all day. You will recognize the building by all the colorful pieces and shards of pottery embedded in the wall – always a favorite photo-op. The Baiano family lives above and is always available. Someone is usually in the shop, if not, either call up to the window ... Francesco! ... or call the son, Giovanni! who runs the shop and speaks English. In the shop, they sell all types of pottery using the unique designs from their collection for the table and home furnishings, wedding gifts and plates, and more. They also do custom table service in the antique style or from a piece of art that you like. When you buy a piece of pottery from ANTICA FORNACE DERUTA you bring an exclusively personal and unique piece into your home. We await your visit!
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Paradise11605755134
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Oct 2019
I visited Antica Fornace during my stay in the Borgo of Deruta. With an interest in history, I was fascinated by the old kiln. Bbeing allowed to go down into the stoking pit was a highlight for me. I was very glad to see a picture of the kiln as it would have been when it was working. The shop is very crowded with many things to look at, but the work in there is very beautiful. Worth a visit especially if you are a potter.
Written January 16, 2020
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Robert S
Grosse Pointe, MI2 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Antica Fornace Deruta is located in the popular ceramics production city of Deruta, Italy. The establishment is off the main street, but searching for it on narrow streets of the old city is half the fun. The business is family owned and operated and has been in Deruta for several generations. When entering the shop you will immediately notice a very old kiln that dates back to the Pre-Roman period and can enjoy a small museum that has some very interesting artifacts. Giovanni Baiano and his wife greeted us and provided a delightful visit to the small museum and production operation. If you are in Deruta we would highly recommend a visit to Antica Fornace....when you leave you will feel like family.
Written October 28, 2015
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TimW64
Frontignano, Italy17 contributions
Aug 2016
An amazing place with a fascinating history; an opportunity to explore the history of Deruta's famous majolica in one shop. We took a liking to a plate design and ordered one similar which was made from scratch in just over a week. Deruta is the home of an ancient craft and this is a great place to discover it.
Written September 2, 2016
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Etrusci
Sparks, NV85 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Wandered over to look at the antique furnace which dates back to the Etruscan times. You can actually walk inside and see the fragments and other items found in the kilns when they were discovered. Lots of interesting pieces in the little museum which show the history of ceramics in the area and also the work of the 4 generations that currently own the shop. Owner is very personable.
Written June 30, 2016
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Lori GB
Idaho95 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
This was a most delightful experience. We met the Italian owner (whose family has been making ceramics for, pretty much, ever.) and his Amercian wife. Their family home is located above some ancient Etruscan ovens (which had been covered for centuries and were only (relatively) recently discovered.

They have an amazing collection of ceramics----including fragments from way way back. Many of the designs are based on the fragments of ancient ceramics they have found there.

Costs are reasonable. Selection is good. They pack and ship for you. And, you are supporting a centuries old family business with your one of a kind purchase.
Written May 4, 2016
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Iambic
Vancouver, WA444 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We spent some weeks in Italy before we found the shop from which we wanted to bring home momentos and gifts. The key reasons for shopping at Antica Fornace Deruta are three. First, the ceramics are lovely--some designs are new, but most are based on the best from past centuries. Second, the shop has a history. You can step into an Etruscan kiln, admire works from family artisans centuries old. Third, the proprietors--the Italian artisan and his American bride--are charming. All in all, a delightful shopping experience,
Written September 27, 2015
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cami33
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
Jun 2015
Lovely place to visit in Deruta. The ceramics for sale are beautiful, especially the ceramics that he creates that replicate antique pieces. He makes an olive oil/vinegar bottle that is very unique and must be purchased. The owner took a lot of time to explain the pieces to me and his mini museum out the back is very informative.
Written September 17, 2015
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Victoria L
Kansas City, MO324 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
This is little off the beaten path from historic centro but if you look in the plaza there are two pottery signs that direct you down a path and steps to the antique kilns and a small museum of various styles and artists of Deruta pottery. The kilns were uncovered when they were working on the house and the owner is passionate about preserving his families ceramic past. His wife is an American and was very gracious in explaining everything , her husband has a command of English but some of our questions required a lot of depth. The museum is cramped but the pieces and the artists represented were outstanding...you saw the evolution of forms and styles of Deruta pottery. A few pieces were featured at international expositions including one by his great uncle and grandfather (relationships and my command of Italian may be a little askew). It was a fascinating hour and explained a lot of the why's and how's of pottery construction and why Deruta.
Written September 20, 2013
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amdc6
Perugia, Italy8 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
My husband and I visited Antica Fornace in Deruta after reading many wonderful reviews, and we were definitely not disappointed! We have traveled through Italy and have visited numerous ceramic shops, but none compare to the true Italian culture, hospitality, history, and pride we found at the Antica Fornace. Ceramics have been in owner Giovanni's family for many generations and it shows, their quality is top notch. They even have a museum with archaic ceramics in the back of the shop. Giovanni was so proud to give us a tour and explanation of the museum, and let us walk inside an ancient kiln. We felt no pressure to purchase anything. We also had the pleasure of meeting Giovanni's wife who is originally from America, she made it very easy for us to communicate in English.
We purchased a table setting for 4 complete with our family name on the bottom. Our experience from choosing a design, placing our order, carefully packing it and driving us to our car was superb. It was wonderful to work with Giovanni and Joan, and we will return to their shop for many years to come.
Written November 15, 2012
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ECB
Boston2 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
My friend, her three children, and I went to visit this place after reading the many positive reviews on Trip Advisor. As others have noted, this place is part museum and part store. The owner - Giovanni - is a gracious and informative historian who will answer all your questions and show you pottery that dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. You can go into an ancient "furnace" where pottery was "fired" and Giovanni can explain both ancient and modern ways of making pottery. Better yet, you can select from a wide array of beautiful designs and have plates made to order - at the same price you will find in the other, more "commercial" shops. I am planning to order an entire set of plates, dishes, and bowls in a beautiful green pattern that I did not see anywhere else in Deruta. Go, go, go!!!

Ellen B
Written August 2, 2012
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