About 20 miles southeast of Taranto is Grottaglie, which is the biggest center in Pugliese ceramics production. The town derives its name from the numerous grotte or caves in the region. In these caves, the local population took refuge from the Saracen invasions in the 10th century. Later, in the 13th century, the urban center of the town was established.
The tradition of pottery in the area predates even the arrival of the Greeks and has continued throughout the centuries. The majolica pieces we bring into the United States are eccentric and extraordinary. They derive from a long history of ceramic statuary in Southern Italy. We work with the wonderful, talented Ceramiche Antonio Monteforte.