Importance and uses of some equipments like italian ceramics salt and pepper shakers and montelupo ceramic oil and vinegar bottles

Our goal of making this article is to inform you of some unique Italian ceramics equipment that you can use in your restaurant. As beauty is serves as an important aspect in your kitchen and dining table.

I will discuss to you some Italian equipment’s that can be useful in your home or in your business.

Are you interested in the Italian style of dining? From how do they serve their food? How do they cook?Italian ceramics

Then you are in the right place, as we all know Italian style of cooking is one of the revolutionaries in the culinary world. As their style of cooking is very unique, combined with their own traditions and practices, they created a new style of cooking in this world.

Italian cooking is not as easy as it looks. Their secrets lies beyond their ingredient, there are many kinds of an ingredient in this word. However, on Italy they commonly use some tomatoes and olive oils, this are the common ingredient that they are using, because this ingredients has some hidden health benefits that can help you avoid some illness and diseases.

If you are interested, in how do Italians work on their restaurants? What is the common equipment that they usually use? In addition, what are some equipment’s that can add up some design in your place? Then this article for you so stops what you are doing now grab some pen and list down these important things that you can use.

Let us talk about the Italian kitchen, how important is our kitchen. The answer is obvious right. Our kitchen is the most important part of our house, as a kitchen is a place to cook our delicacies, explore new food etc. It is the main part where we store our food that is why the kitchen is important to us. On the other hand, let’s talk about Italian kitchen, a very common aspect in some Italian kitchens are there equipment’s, as some Italian owners like to put some distinctive kitchen ceramics for designs and for the purpose of storing some food. For my own opinion, I think every country has their own different style of kitchen, from the design, materials, equipment’s and many more. Still it only serves one purpose for cooking our meals.

Before starting our first part of our discussion, I would like to share you some of my adventure in seeking some new style of dining. In this discussion, I would like share some tips on what important things that you must put in your own restaurant. From my experience there are some many different restaurants in my country, some are the same some are not. 

In some restaurants, they have their own style of cooking and serving their customers, as it is one the main things that make their restaurant unique. Wherever you go, each restaurant has their own style of cooking and serving their customers, that is for creating new methods for the customers that differ from so unique, and, therefore, I said to myself that, this is a nice restaurant so unique. In our modern era, some restaurant owners adapt to the new technology that is present today. The make their restaurants more attractive and appealing to the eye. They include some nice gadgets, a view that is very nice and unique; it is indeed a very nice idea. My point is if you want to start your own restaurant you must come up with some unique idea to make your restaurant stand out from the others. As new customers want to explore some new style of dining, food is important but the equipment’s and materials that you use is also an essential part in your place.

In the first part of our article I would like to discuss to you about how Italians serve their customers, what are the things that you can find on an Italian restaurant? What is the importance or relevance of each equipment used on an Italian restaurant?

If you are interested in the answer to these questions, then read this article and take down some notes. In this few minutes I will list down the Important things that is commonly used and seen in some Italian restaurants, this are the following:

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Italian Ceramics Buffet Trays

Trays are very important in our dining or some events or parties that we are hosting. As trays serves as a container of cooked foods in a certain restaurant. In Italy buffet, trays are commonly used in big events. It is one of the handiest things that you can use in hosting some events. Also, if you have some intention in hosting some eat all you can fast food or restaurant buffet tray is good for your business as it will show all the foods that you can offer to your customer.

Italian Ceramics Two Tier Serving Trays

Multiple serving tiers is commonly used in many countries across the globe, s using tier serving trays can add up some spice to your dish. It is commonly used in putting some desserts to add some equity on its ambiance. It is very handy if you are having a party with some cupcakes, and many other deserts.

Italian Ceramics Oil and vinegar dispensers

This dispenser is handy in your kitchen as it can store some vinegar and oil. In some restaurants in Italy, they usually use this as it can hold two the same substance at the same time. So practically, it is very handy in your kitchen.

Italian Ceramics Cake Servers

In slicing some cake, a server is handy as it can slice the cake and at the same time, it holds it. It is commonly used in some wedding event to slice up the cake, and it is handy in some restaurants that serves some desserts like cakes and many more. It has the same design in the pie slicer that is commonly found in Italy.

There are many more materials that you can use in your restaurants; the things that I have listed above are only the common ones that are commonly seen in some events, not only in Italy but also in different countries across the globe.

In the second part of our discussion, I would like to discuss to you some materials that can make your restaurant more interesting as these following materials have some particular design that can add up to the beauty of your restaurant. This following list of equipment’s is commonly found in Italy, as they artisan that made this kind of product are Italian. It is used in some restaurants across the globe. Listed below are the following equipment’s that is handy and at the same time attractive.

Italian Ceramics Salt and Pepper Shaker

This kind of shaker is a ceramic one, it is very fragile and it needs to be handled with care. This ceramic tool can be used as containing some powdered ingredient like salt and pepper. Because of its design, it is widely used in many restaurants and many countries. You can find it in some kitchen but also in some dining tables.

Italian Ceramics Spoons and Fork

Italian spoons and fork, this kind of items have a unique design it is crafted with a tradition that is based on the Italian arts. This kind of spoons and fork is unique and therefore very handy in your restaurant, as it adds some beauty in your dining table. In addition, it is not only used in dining, but there are some collectors who want to collect some tools that have elegant designs like this.

Italian ceramics Montelupo  Oil and Vinegar bottles

A Montelupo styled Oil and vinegar bottle, has the same purpose it has to contain some liquid substance like oil and vinegar. However, there is one more aspect that makes it more interesting and unique. It is because it has certain designs that you can find around its base. It can be used as a tool in containing but also a tool at enhancing the beauty of your kitchen.

Authentic Italian ceramics Napkin Holders

There are many types of napkin holders consist with many different designs. First of all what is the importance of napkin holders? Napkin holders are a tool in containing napkins that is commonly used on the dining table. An Italian napkin holder has some unique designs that are crafted into its body, making the said holder more elegant and more attractive.

There are more kinds of beautiful tools that you can use in your restaurant, this article only covers about some Italian tools that can be handy in your restaurant, as Italian tools has some unique and elegant beauty behind it.

I hope that this article can help you in your future quest of culinary arts. There are various ways in making your restaurant stand, not only on its served food but also in its outer appearance. Make your imagination run wild, use some materials that are not commonly seen in other restaurants as some of your customers seek new things in a certain place. Always remember that you are your own customer, so always think ahead.


What’s Good With Hand Painted Italian Pottery?

italian potteryI know you are itching to know what are the possible benefits you can get when you choose a handmade italian pottery. However, let us discuss first the history and tradition of Italian when it comes to ceramics. Read on for more details. Let’s make this post as helpful and factual as possible.

Tradition and History

Because of its various uses and artistic approach, ceramics has been so much part of humankind’s history. It was noted that ceramics are already here even during prehistoric times. Way back 6500 B.C. when making ceramics was considered as an art and most prehistoric activity.

Ceramics has evolve from simple composition of water, fire and earth. Ceramics is very important to human existence. Starting as a daily life’s material for living, ceramics has been introduced to our ancestors as an elaborated and artistic workmanship too.

Italy has been famous for ceramics though ceramics are now widely produced in different regions of different countries. The art of ceramics making has seen being flourished in Italy in the time when Ancient Greek potters transferred this thriving activity along the people living in Southern Italian costs. Assimilated by Italic potters and local Etruscan people, the art of making ceramics gave rise to a tradition which is rich in creative and productive ideas. The fertile age of ceramics in Italy was recorded on between Middle Ages and Renaissance period. It has transformed the artists ceramics art form that has remained till today.

italian potteryOkay, now let us skip the serious conversation with all these dates and history. But, let us not forget to define what is Ceramics and what is Majolica.

Ceramics was originally derived from the greek word “Keramos” which is term for fired clay or “terra bruciata” which means an object made out of clay. Ceramics is actually a singular noun that refers to the art of making objects out from ceramic materials. While majolica is the word used generally for decorated and enamelled ceramics.

The first ever samples of majolicas were discovered way back 9th century in Mesopotamia and Baghdad. During the 13th century, traders were already importing majolica in the country of Italy through the Majorca island which is considered as the headquarters before of trading vessels between Italy and Spain. The Italians named the ceramics objects to “Maiolica” because it came from or originated from the place Majorca. Italians loved how these things were made so they copied the Spanish and Islamic designs of majolica until they create their very own version. It was, as mentioned above, during late 15th century and beginning of 16th century during Renaissance period that majolicas were tagged as an art and reached its artistic quality, too.

Did you know that you can visit a museum in Deruta where you can see and visualize what I am talking about here? The collections and exhibits were collected from year 13th century to Renaissance period majolicas.

How to make Majolicas?

There are five steps that Italian potters follow in order to create majolicas. It was used 500 years ago and still being used up today.

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The first step involves and about the potter. The potter will need to create an art piece using his bare hands turning it on a wheel using a refined clay or plain lump. “In Terra” or green ware is the term used to describe the moulded clay piece and that greenware is then placed in an open area being exposed to natural air for drying. When it dries completely, it means it will change its color to a light grey one then that means it is now ready for the first firing which is usually done in the kiln.

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This second process is called the second firing. The dried piece from the first step will be loaded onto large racks and will be prepared for firing into the kiln. Know that during this firing process, the item will be exposed to 1030 degree celsius or 1890 degree fahrenheit. After the firing, the kiln will be remained closed for hours to allow the item dry naturally. Why? Is it because potters want to avoid cracks and chips on the items and this only happen when a dramatic change of temperature will take place. The art piece will be now termed as “Biscotto” or Bisque during this stage and will show the typical famous terracotta red color.

Third step:
italian potteryThe third step is called the Glazing. Once the item is already good to go, the bisque is then dipped into a liquid glaze which is famous for potters as “Primo Bianco” or “Smalto”. Once the bisque is fully covered with the white fine powder, the item is prepared for painting.

Fourth step:
italian potteryThe artist then proceed to painting using a “Spolvero” in this process.

Fifth step:
Second firing is the final step once the item is done with designing and painting. The item will be loaded into the kiln and will be exposed to 1690 degree fahrenheit or 920 degree celsius. Did you know that to make sure the item will be perfect and will not be chipped or cracked, some potters exposed it to 24 hours of firing with more than 12 hours being exposed to constant high heat? Like the first firing, the item still need to dry and cool down naturally to avoid “thermal shocks”.italian pottery

Now that we already discussed the necessary things for you to know about ceramics and majolicas, let’s get to the point of why you need to choose hand painted italian pottery?

Handmade Italian pottery are most of the time costs more than machine-made pottery. Yes. But, why? Well, it has to be because it was personally stamped from a mold, wheeled, high-fired, dipped in white glaze and hand painted by the very own potter or artist. It is a reasonable investment too as you are ensured that it was well-made, controlled, designed for extra arts and durability.

The fact that the time and effort of a potter was put so much in just one piece is already enough reason why handmade Italian pottery are good, well, the best for me. You have read the process above right? So, before you complain that a wonderful and artistic mug there in an Italian pottery shop is very expensive, think again as it did went through each processes plus handled personally by an artist.


Having Trouble Identifying Difference Between Majolica And Ceramics? Here’s The Answer!

MajolicaMajolica is a ceramic but not all ceramics are majolica. Get that?

If not, then read on for more specific description.

Ceramics came from Greek word “keras” which means clay. During prehistoric times, horns were used as containers for liquids or even solid necessities at home, later on ceramic containers were made out of clay were then used to store food and drinks. Keramica describes how clay works. The idea that clay hardens while put under the hot desert sun have given our ancestors idea that clay will harden as exposed to firing. It was really good and correct interpretation as now, ceramics is now a big part of human civilization.

Clay combined with ingredients such as potassium feldspar and sodium is the first step to get a specific earthenware products like majolica or porcelain. In the early times, only China and Persia were able to make porcelain. Porcelain are highly appreciated objects for their hard finish and impermeability qualities. The said secret important ingredient is termed as “kaolin” to make outstanding porcelains.

MajolicaMeanwhile, Majolica is a pottery type in which usually a red earthenware clay body is covered with white glaze which is then painted accordingly with glazes or stains and fired. The word majolica is a glazed jewel-toned type of pottery is always associated with Mexico, Italy and Spain. It was widely produced in America and Europe in the late 19th Century but according to history, the majolica roots are much older than that.

The Italian Majolica has been produced for over hundreds of years now. It is very popular that it has been a subject of reproduction and duplication in different countries all over the world. According to some articles, majolica originated from the port of Majorca. This is where majolica pottery items were traded first. However, the region that gives definition to Italian Majolica is a town in Umbria Italy which is names Deruta. Deruta has been producing majolica products since the 13th century. Deruta in Italy is really popular as the quality of clay retrieved from this region are best.

The term “Majolica” was used first as an adaptation to the word “maiolica” by Minton in the year 1851. There are different reasons I can present to you why Majolicas are sought after:

Majolicas are sought after because it is highly colorful and most of the time depicts lively scenes from flowers and from nature.
There are staggering varities which includes saucers, plates, umbrella stands, tea pots, jugs, compotes, candle sticks and wall sconces
Easy to find as majolica products are produced in large quantities by different companies, too.
MajolicaThe collectibles retain their original value. Vintage and antique items value remains the same or even may grow as time passes by.
There are distinctive themes available. Different subject matter and inspiration available for all types.
In Renaissance period, a collection of majolica signified good taste and affluence. Majolica was also considered as a perfect gift for important events like wedding, birthdays and engagements. The process of making pottery especially majolica includes applying a lead or tin enamel to a fired piece of clay forming opaque, white porous surface in which designs are painted in. Though in majolica, there are diverse topics and themes, most dominant themes are flora and fauna especially the leafy patterns. When completing the design of majolica, it is coated with a glaze before it is put to another firing process.

Many majolica products were humorous and fun. Teapot, smoking paraphernalia like ashtrays and match holders, tobacco jars, oyster plates, butter pats, dinnerware, platters, cuspidors and figurals even dessert sets, too.

Did you know that all majolica products made during 19th and 20th centuries was from a mold? The more the intricate the pattern is, the more desirable it is, especially the pieces that feature more designs and decorations.

Let us discuss more of majolica.

Majolica and Its Markings

Markings are stamped on the bottom part of majolica piece. Actually, not all of the majolica items have markings. Majolica makers such as Wegwood, Milton, George Jones and Holdcroft, Griffin, Smith and Hill and Chesapeake Pottery put markings on their items.

This is ideal to know especially if you plan to collect majolica items so that you can keep away from fake majolica products. Keep in mind as well that “crazings” are visible too in a majolica piece. These “crazings” are cracks and lines associated with glazes on pottery. Do not worry as “crazings” do not lessen the value of the majolica piece. Cracks and chips are somewhat created by the maker to make sure it is distinctive but they make sure too that it will be of unidentifiable “crazing” too. Did you know that major cracks and chips will really get or throw the value of a majolican piece away but small chips or cracks do not take the value of the item.

MajolicaFor collectors of Italian pottery or Italian ceramics, make sure to look for an item that suggest age. Mostly it has little crazing or little dirt on it. When the item is very clean or clear, it may mean or I can agree it is fake. However, freshness of color and brightness of color mean that the item was well cared. When it comes to prices, there are different type of Majolica that are sold and the prices vary too. When you are just starting to collect or planning to collect, it is better to start with small or common patterns. You can gain so much knowledge when you collect small or common majolica piece. Eventually, once you mastered how majolica works or how different it is from other Italian pottery items or ceramic items plus if you have enough money, you can then start to collect those vast and expensive art piece.
Buying Majolica Art Piece Online
The tips below can help you find the right Italian Pottery or Majolica collectibles:
Trust the online dealer. Find the online dealer which has high ratings and higher ranking. There are now available ratings or customer’s feedback in each of the site so you can start with that to know if you’re dealing with the right person or right company.
Find a dealer who accepts return policy in enough timeframe. Beware! There are now different scams online especially when buying items. To make sure, you’ll not be one of the victims, you need to know your right as a consumer and expect the dealer to do the same, too.
Choose listing which shows lots of photos of the item. You do not get what you saw. That is hard. Photograph shown online should show the angle of the piece you want. Every angle should be clearly seen on the photos. Though it has “crazings” or chips, it should be shown still on the product listing.
Now, you’ve read the difference between ceramics and majolica plus tips too for you, hope you learned something. Till next time!