Sicily Dances, and So Will You

I loved this plate when I saw it last month in Santo Stefano di Camastra, one of Sicily’s ceramics centers. Featuring the ubiquitous Trinacria, the symbol of Sicily, it captures so much about the region: its vibrant colors, the locals’ artistry, and its ancient mysteries and history… and then the plate itself is for serving…

Shopping for Ceramics in Sicily

Last evening, on our way from Taormina to Palermo, we stopped for some shopping in Santo Stefano di Camastra, one of Sicily’s ceramics centers. Come “shop” with me! Watch my Facebook Live broadcast, during which I explain the significance of the ceramic Moor’s head pots, which we’ve seen throughout the island this week. When you…

Voilà, It’s Majolica! 

Santo Stefano di Camastra is one of Sicily’s ceramics centers. There is an entire street of the town lined with ceramics shops that are filled with majolica ceramics (maiolica in Italian). Majolica describes a technique of decorating earthenware (ceramics made with red clay, AKA bisque or biscuit) that has been fired at a relatively low…

Sicilian Language Online 

There is a restaurant in Santo Stefano di Camastra called “Tri quarti e na gazzusa,” which is an expression in Sicilian that means something like, Three quarter liters of wine and a soda… implying the conviviality of friends and family enjoying life together. But, don’t take my word for it (since I don’t speak Sicilian),…

Glaze the Town

Santo Stefano di Camastra on Sicily’s north coast has had a tradition of creating ceramic arts for many centuries. The townspeople started to exploit nearby clay pits to make tiles, earthenware, and bricks, certainly during medieval times, but more likely, centuries before. This image is from a series of painted tiles in one of the…