La Tavola Bella is an importer of fine Italian handmade ceramics. Our goal
is to maintain a clientele with taste and a fond appreciation for Italian
Renaissance style pottery; dinnerware handsomely hand painted; unique
decorative accessories and much more. Our pieces are produced in the CAMA
workshops in the heart of Umbria.
We import our pieces directly from the workshop to you. Here at La Tavola
Bella we strive to provide you with high quality dinnerware. Our love of
good food, good friends and great places to visit will be reflected in all
we sell. From time to time we will feature recipes, cooking tips and fun
places to visit in Italy on our blog. Please join us in making people aware
of nice places that may not be in every guidebook. If you have visited a
small town, taken a special tour or enjoyed a small private tour that you
think shows the real Italy please share.
The CAMA workshop was established in the 1950's in Deruta. This small hill
town in the beautiful region of Umbria (between Florence and Rome) is where
the ceramic tradition dates back to the 13th century. Today, Andrea, Renato
and Elena Niccacci carry on the family tradition, directing one of the only
workshops in Deruta where every stage of production is accomplished in one
studio under the personal supervision of the artistic directors. Their
assistants share their standards of quality: every single piece is carefully
thrown or forged by hand, and hand-painted using only 100% lead-free glazes.
CAMA has been exporting ceramics all over the world, but mostly to the
U.S.A., where selected stores have been carrying CAMA dinnerware since the
We try to provide a place where our customers would send their friends
telling them: "...you can buy me anything in that store and I would love
it!" This statement may be true, not just for the beauty but also for the
functionality of our selection. Although our pieces are exceptionally
beautiful they are made to be used and enjoyed on a regular basis.
Our ceramics are fired over a long period of time, so some heat will not
harm them. Although we would like to recommend that you do not expose them
to high-temperatures such as ovens etc. In addition, we recommend limited
use in microwave ovens. This is mostly because of the wide variation in
heating speeds of microwaves. Most items are considered "dishwasher safe"
only if the low or energy saver cycle is used, although we always highly
recommended all our hand-made items be hand washed. You may encounter over
time some crazing or small fine lines that may form on your majolica after
repeated use. This is a common trait of majolica and adds character to each
piece. This does not this harm the piece and is simply a part of all
ceramics aging process.
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