For centuries the Umbrian village of Deruta has been revered for its accomplished production of Maioliche, a ceramic craft that uses tin-oxide glazes and low-temperature firings to create lush, vivid colors on pottery. Each piece is handmade, fired, then dipped in an opaque glaze, hand-painted and then fired once more. The Renaissance designs, which can take hours to apply to a single plate, are inspired by the paintings of masters and the walls of cathedrals, as well as by the natural beauty that graces Italy at every turn. Dolce works with a select few Deruta families, artisans chosen for the consistent excellence they display in every step of this meticulous process. No two Maioliche pieces are identical, but each is executed with the attention to design and color that has earned Deruta its universal reputation for exquisite beauty.