Hand-painted ceramic wine bottle top

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Hand-painted ceramic wine bottle top

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These limited and unique pieces of art were painted by my sister-in-law Franca Costantini. Franca works in the historic city of Castelli as a ceramic painter. The owl represents good luck and fortune, and I hope it brings some to you. These are limited editions, signed by the painter and each owl is painted differently. 

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The relationship between Castelli and Ceramic has a very long history and the town offers many examples of it. So, if you are interested in art and crafts don’t miss a stop in this small center.
The art of Ceramic has been known in Castelli since the Middle Ages, but traces of this craft that have been found in the area date back to Pre-Roman times. When theBenedictine Monks arriving from the coast began producing it, they made the most of the raw materials, such as water, wood and clay, present in the area. Castelli, in fact, is situated at the foot of Monte Camicia, between two rivers. 
The precence ofclaywood and water, together with the creativity of its inhabitants, have created the perfect conditions for the development of this art in the town of Castelli. Since then, it has been the home of famous Masters who have handed down their craft from generation to generation. The most talented among them belonged to theGentileGruePompeiFuina and Cappelletti families. They were so well-known that in the 16th and 17th centuries the most powerful Italian and European families (AragonFarneseColonnaOrsini) commissioned their everyday and elegantdinnerware sets as well as the pieces meant to celebrate important political or private events. Artists were considered such important citizens in Castelli that they were eligible to hold public offices. For more information visit http://www.hiddenitalytours.com/ceramics-of-castelli/