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Ceramica Francesco De Maio. Hand-decorated Majolica Tiles

Ceramica Francesco De Maio, heir of an ancient tradition, is still handing on the cultural, artistic and craft heritage of Vietri ceramics. Its Master decorators, guide by their passion and professionalism, handcrafte and decorate by hand the majolica tiles to reinterpret the historical memory, innovate and create ceramic according to new tastes and design trends.

Here where the sky melts with the sea and the Amalfi Coast glitters of its many colours…

Vietri sul Mare is a small ancient village of artists located at the entrance of the wonderful Amalfi Coast. It is surrounded by the prevalence of the green colour of the coast and the blue colour of the sea.  Since 1400, Vietri has been known for the production of the ancient ceramic art.

Here is where the Ceramica di Vietri by Francesco De Maio was born, in 1963.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Amalfi Coast - Positano

The reference to the land of origin and, therefore, to the wonders of the Amalfi Coast and the exclusive peculiarity of its landscapes is a must to represent the artistic heritage of Ceramica Francesco De Maio.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Amalfi Coast - Vietri sul Mare

Vietri sul Mare is a small fishing village of ancient ceramic tradition and it’s located at the entrance of the Amalfi Coast. Its proximity with the Maritime Republics of Amalfi helped to embed precious fragments into the great artistic heritage of the Vietrese ceramic production.

 

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Amalfi Coast - Sorrento

The smells, noises, colours of a fantastic nature, almost unreal, the scenery for the genius of a great architect. They have influenced the creation of is one of the most beautiful ceramic collections with a more current or even trendy style.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Amalfi Coast - Capri

Capri, one of the most famous islands in the world. Famous for the uniqueness of its territory, the exclusivity of its hotels, the sumptuousness of its Roman villas and the magnificence of the shopping street, which ranges from haute couture, to limoncello, to ceramics, up to typical handmade sandals. 

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FRANCESCO DE MAIO PHILOSOPHY
Since 1494, we continue to give life every day to the ceramic tradition's values between past, present and future.

We are the antithesis of the new digital systems used by big ceramic industries.

We are keepers of secrets and traditions to preserve and maintain this ancient job.

Even today, in the factory, our artisans, with passion and know-how, forge the clay and decorate by hand the majolica tiles piece by piece on the famous “White Vietri” glaze made today with an ancient recipe, handed down from father to son. Despite the changes in raw materials produced in recent years, this recipe still preserves its composition.

We respect our history, because we are made recordory.

Carefully observes the ancient techniques of Vietri ceramic processing to feed every day ceramics' artpass on this passion to all those who know how to admire it and to all those who appreciate the role of extraordinary importance that the human component has in the realization of our artifacts.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio. Hand-decorated Blu Ponti Tiles

Handcraft knowledge and the high quality of Italian raw materials are the main points enshrined in the majolica tiles of Francesco De Maio.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio. Hand-decorated Majolica Tiles

The decoration is exclusively handmade, piece by piece. You can recognize the expert hand of the master decorators of the Ceramica Francesco De Maio in the decors.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Pennellato a Mano

The single-coloured tile is realized by the passage of a large brush that leaves irregular streaks of colour, named Pennellata (brush stroke). The stripes in different tonalities are characteristic of this way of working.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Smaltatura a Campana del Bianco Vietri

The Bianco Vietri glaze is uniformly distributed on the tiles utilizing a bell. Each glazed tile is still unfired. It passes through the hands of the master decorators or sent directly to the firing in the new high-tech plant at a temperature of about 1000° C (1.832° F).

 

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FAMILY HISTORY. A CERAMIC HISTORY.

More than six centuries of history of ceramics, history of passion for the decorations of Vietri culture, of love for the handmade production are kept in the artefacts of Francesco De Maio.

Handmade majolica tiles are the expression of this history, each of them having a story to tell.

Each majolica is unique, a work of art.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio. Since 1494, an ancient Art.

Since 1494, an ancient Art.

In the factory of Ceramica Francesco De Maio, the Master decorators still today decorate by hand the majolica tiles, piece by piece.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio is heir of a long dynasty of ceramic artists

Ceramica Francesco De Maio is the century-old heir (since 1494) of a long dynasty of ceramic artists and was born after the marriage between Vincenza Cassetta, Giuseppe’s daughter, master potter born in Vietri sul Mare, and Francesco De Maio, heir himself of an ancient traditional family specialized in the processing between the clay quarries of the handmade “Cotto” of Ogliara.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio is heir of a long dynasty of ceramic artists

Six centuries of experience and ceramic excellence have passed by since 1494 and handed down from generation to generation from De Maio-Cassetta family, which continues nowadays in the factories of Ceramica Francesco De Maio, to promote the culture, the tradition and the Vietri art using ancient techniques of production that make these ceramics unique and prestigious.

 

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The history, now as in the past, feeds the art of ceramic.

CERAMIC AS CULTURE

The majolica tiles are an accurate sample “Made in Italy” for the reference to the artisan quality and the Italian culture and design.

Period Room Parco dei Principi. Mostra Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer. Mad Paris

ART & CERAMIC CULTURE

Special reissues and limited-edition majolica tiles for art projects and national and international exhibitions of artistic and cultural importance.

Gio Ponti's home. Gio Ponti, Amare l’Architettura exhibition. Maxxi Roma

ART & CERAMIC CULTURE

Ceramica Francesco De Maio reissues the special edition "Via Dezza" majolica, the hand-decorated terracotta with white and yellow bands that paved Gio Ponti’s home.

Blu Ponti of Ceramica Francesco De Maio On Sale at MoMA Design Store, New York

ART & CERAMIC CULTURE

The historic majolica signed by Gio Ponti, reissued by Ceramica Francesco De Maio, has been selected among the historical icons of the Italian design and is on sale at MoMA Design Store in New York.

The masterpiece designed by Alessandro Mendini and created by Ceramica Francesco De Maio. Madre Museum, Napoli

ART & CERAMIC CULTURE

The large wall of majolica tiles invaded by 25,590 brushstrokes in the shape of colorful dots. The masterpiece designed by Alessandro Mendini and created by Ceramica Francesco De Maio for the 2018 Landscape Festival in Capri, is part of the permanent collection of the Madre Museum in Naples.

Francesco De Maio, Ceramic Museum

FRANCESCO DE MAIO, CERAMIC MUSEUM

Glass cases used to preserve the most ancient origins of the handmade works of the Vietri tradition of Ceramica Francesco De Maio. A basic set-up made of transparencies and plays of light for a wondebeautifulney through Ceramica Francesco De Maio's history, which preserves the essence of the Made in Italy recognized and appreciated all over the world. Ink sketches, vintage photographs, tiles with clay Aminaa, 18th-century majolica, drawings, artefacts realized by Giuseppe Cassetta, ceramic panels from the 1940s. Tangible symbols of the ancient work of Vietri ceramics live in the museum together with the precious Gio Ponti’s white and blue majolica. Ceramica Francesco De Maio has the exclusive licensee for the production and sale in the world.

Francesco De Maio, Ceramic Museum

FRANCESCO DE MAIO, CERAMIC MUSEUM

A journey through the ceramics that starom the document attesting the sale of 50 oil pitchers made on October 3rd, 1494 by the master of the handmade terracotta Matteo Cassetta. It is an essential document certifying that since the 15th century Vietri Sul Mare, a small village located at the entrance of the beautiful Amalfi Coast, is known for producing “bone et impetenate” ceramics.

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MAJOLICA TILES BY AUTHORS

From Blue Infinity to Pointillism, the Masters of International design who have made the history of Italian ceramics.

Italian excellence and emblem made in Italy, Ceramica Francesco De Maio has the exclusive license for the five continents to faithfully reproduce and sell one of the most beautiful ceramic collections, the Blu Ponti. Thirty-three white and blue decorations created by the great designer Gio Ponti in 1960 for the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento.

For the high artistic quality of its production of hand-decorated tiles, it is also the exclusive licensee of the Puntini Collection that the designer Alessandro Mendini, in September 2018, designed specifically for Ceramica Francesco De Maio.

«(Ceramic)
is a wonderful material one of the incorruptible we cover architecture with ceramic mosaic…
we cover architecture with diamond-shaped elements:
they don’t look like part of the wall, like facing brick, instead they declare they are a covering:
they give the surface a plastic quality and play with the light as the sun goes by: they are beautiful».
Gio Ponti
Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Blu Ponti Decoro Tipo 30

The colors of the sky and the sea of Sorrento in the Blu Ponti Collection that Gio Ponti realized between 1960 and 1962 to cover, with different combinations, the floor of the lobby and the hundred rooms at the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, the first design hotel in the world.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Blu Ponti Decoro Tipo 7

The Ceramica Francesco De Maio was chosen by the Ponti’s heirs as the exclusive licensee for the re-edition of the 33 white and blue decorations and now, after almost 60 years later, produces and sells, in world exclusive, the Blue Ponti Collection.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Collezione Blu Ponti design Gio Ponti

A reproduction of the Blu Ponti majolica tiles so faithful for the glaze, colors, decorations and the thickness of the '60s that has recognized to the Ceramica Francesco De Maio the valuable use of the signature of this architect, a proponent of the industrial design and great appreciator of the craftsmanship

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«The tradition of Vietri ceramics has always been in my mind:
the materials, the brushstrokes,the Mediterranean colors.
Now, finally, the Ceramica Francesco De Maio
offers me the lucky opportunity to create a collection by myself...
A system of Dots, now small, now large and isolated, now aligned vertically or diagonally,
in order to retrace that complex system that for many years has generated the style of Vietri,
with its rare harmonies».
Alessandro Mendini
Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Puntini of Alessandro Mendini Dot 2

Majolica ceramic tiles invaded by tiny dot-shaped brushstrokes, hand-painted (o hand-decorated) and inspired by the pointillism, are a ceramic collection designed by the Architect Alessandro Mendini for Ceramica Francesco De Maio, as a direct consequence of a work of art that the company realized in July 2018.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Puntini of Alessandro Mendini Dot 7 Giallo

Dots of different sizes: small, very small or large and very large.

Very colourful decorations - done according to the “Mendini Style”, which is open to the language of the contemporary era in this magical combination of Italian tradition and creativity.mi oppure grandi, grandissimi.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Puntini of Alessandro Mendini Dot 3

In Puntini Collection the poetics of Alessandro Mendini, great Italian artist of Milanese origins, emerges in order to give a further opening to contemporary languages in the tradition of Vietri which at the same time, enhances modern spaces and architecture.

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2021 New Collection

Tradition and innovation in Blu Ponti Collection on Grès Maiolicato®
The infinite combinations of white and blue by Gio Ponti, the value of the Blu Ponti collection and the charm of the ancient workmanship of the decoration by hand on the strength of an exclusive stoneware support, also non-slip, to create a unique innovation.

An Infinite Blue of Combinations for Infinite Projects.

Gio Ponti's infinite blue combinations, the artistic manual skills of the artisans and the innovative ceramic technique. It is from the skilful fusion of these three elements that the new project by Ceramica Francesco De Maio is born: Blu Ponti in Grès Maiolicato®.

Blu Punti in Grès Maiolicato® of Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Decor Type 11 – Swimming Pool - Arch. Droghi

A dip in the blue of the sky and in the blue of the sea of ​​the Infinito Blu by Gio Ponti

Blu Punti in Grès Maiolicato® of Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Decor Type 30 - Outdoor - Arch. Droghi

There are always the colors of the sky and the sea of ​​Sorrento in the thirty-three white and blue decorations that Gio Ponti created in 1960 and now the Ceramica Francesco De Maio produced on the new technical support of Grès Maiolicato®, used for both indoors and outdoors, and of Grès Maiolicato® Antiscivolo R10 especially suitable for swimming pools.

Blu Punti in Grès Maiolicato® of Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Decor Type 7 - Outdoor

Blu Ponti in Grès Maiolicato®. Gio Ponti's infinite blue combinations now enter a new innovative dimension.

Blu Punti in Grès Maiolicato®of Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Decor Type 6 - Outdoor Sori - Arch. Gloria Droghi

Majolica by Authors. Tiles made of art and creativity, combined with the excellence of Italian design, give life to projects of high tailoring.

Blu Punti in Grès Maiolicato®of Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Decor Type 32

In these approximately two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ceramica Francesco De Maio has pursued ceramic research, managing to innovate its craftsmanship technologically without failing to use the still hand-made decoration piece by piece.

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2020 New Collection

«Carpet. The idea was born from understanding the true essence of the Ceramica Francesco De Maio and our link with Vietri ceramics, Naples and Amalfi Coast. Colors that recall the Capri tradition and precious details that transform spaces into a must-have of modern and sophisticated style».
Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva

Collezione Carpet. Majolica tiles such as carpets or carpets made up of majolica tiles?

Overlapped ceramic carpets, softly laid inside or outside to bring the typical colours of Mediterranean houses. Chic and elegant majolica carpets. Caprese, Neapolitan and Vietri traditions, simple and essential lines, timeless hand decorations transformed into the design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Collezione Carpet design Giuliano Andrea dell'Uva

A new and modern style in the Carpet Collection by Ceramica Francesco De Maio, designed by Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva Architect.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Collezione Carpet design Giuliano Andrea dell'Uva

The timeless lines of black and white and the typical brushstroke of the ‘50s blend everything with an innovation of wild fringes that invite you to sit on the floor as on a real carpet. Single or overlapped Carpet, they furnish the spaces, giving them a new style with an ethnic or single-coloured flavour.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Collezione Carpet design Giuliano Andrea dell'Uva

The Carpet you want!

Combinations of fringes, edges and colours, give a special evolution to the oldest Vietri ceramic art. A Mediterranean flavour of colourful modular carpets, standard or customized, in order to adapt them to their needs of space and taste.

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Verde Verdicale Collection

The main objective of Verde Verticale Collection by Ceramiche Francesco De Maio, is to let the natural essence of the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) revive in your houses, recreating the typical atmosphere of nature, through suggestive floral wonders.

Verde Verticale - Cactus - Ceramica Francesco De Maio

The essence of the natural spirit is the objective of the Verde Verticale Collection, by Ceramica Francesco De Maio, which recreates the typical atmospheres of nature through suggestive floral wonders, enriched by the black background, for a more decisive green mood.

Verde Verticale - Palm - Ceramica Francesco De Maio

The urban jungle style, which teaches us how to decorate with plants, is adapted to the Mediterranean style and, with the most fashionable floral patterns of the moment of the handpainted Verde Verticale Collection such as Tropical, Cactus, Jungle, Palm and Forest in the large size.

Verde Verticale - Cactus Nero - Ceramica Francesco De Maio

The main protagonist of the Verde Verticale Collection is the green of nature in its various shades and shades of colour now enriched by the variant of the black background that can be combined with the most modern furnishings for a green chic style.

Verde Verticale - Tropical - Ceramica Francesco De Maio

The idea comes from the desire to leave a characteristic mark in the wide world of the jungle style and in particular, it tries to move the imagination on the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei), a fascinating hiking path that runs through the Amalfi Coast from Agerola to Positano. It is one of the ten most beautiful paths in the world: rich in pristine vegetation and characterized by breathtaking views over coastal landscapes overhanging the sea.

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MAJOLICA TILES AS PROJECTS. DE MAIO MOOD BOARD

Majolica, objects and furnishings, in classics, modern and design style, that become ideal solutions for environments with a rigorous, elegant and welcoming mood.
The ceramic collections are more precious with the decorations executed entirely by hand by Master decorators in a perfect chromatic equilibrium.

Fiori di Costiera - HANDMADE TERRACOTTA

A flurry of emotions, where the lathe gently caresses the clay between the turner’s hands, creating one of the greatest expressions of the ceramic art.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Costiera – Cotto Fatto a Mano

The Handmade Terracotta is classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to decor still preserved in the fabulous floors of the nobiliary eighteenth-century dwellings, called “Riggiole” tiles.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Costiera - Il Cotto Fatto a Mano

The Handmade Terracotta is classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to decor still preserved in the fabulous floors of the nobiliary eighteenth-century dwellings, called “Riggiole” tiles.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Costiera - Il Cotto Fatto a Mano

The Handmade Terracotta is classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to decor still preserved in the fabulous floors of the nobiliary eighteenth-century dwellings, called “Riggiole” tiles.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Costiera - Il Cotto Fatto a Mano

The Handmade Terracotta is classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to decor still preserved in the fabulous floors of the nobiliary eighteenth-century dwellings, called “Riggiole” tiles.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Costiera - Il Cotto Fatto a Mano

The Handmade Terracotta is classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to decor still preserved in the fabulous floors of the nobiliary eighteenth-century dwellings, called “Riggiole” tiles.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Costiera - Il Cotto Fatto a Mano

The Handmade Terracotta is classical support used by the Ceramica Francesco De Maio as the basis to glaze and to decor still preserved in the fabulous floors of the nobiliary eighteenth-century dwellings, called “Riggiole” tiles.

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Fiori di Vietri – DOUBLE-FIRED TILES

A timeless classic, especially in the typical 20x20 (8"x8") size, as the ceramic support of the eternal majolica collections of Francesco De Maio. Magnificent majolica made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura - Tailor Made

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Vietri - La Bicottura

Artistic majolica tiles made with the ancient technique of hand decoration that gives shape to elegant rugs and refined ceramic tapestries that stand out for their elegant shapes and timeless design.

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Fiori di Ravello – DOUBLE-FIRED TILES

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures. From the support in large sizes to the old majolica reissues, the craft skills and the passion for ceramic products melt together with the handmade decoration to create new customized products.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

Ceramica Francesco De Maio - Fiori di Ravello - La Bicottura

The decorations are realized with taste and style, considering new colours combinations, with a very contemporary taste for urban and Mediterranean architectures.

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Handcraft knowledge and the high quality of Italian raw materials are the main points enshrined in the majolica tiles of Francesco De Maio. The ceramic tiles become the ideal solution for cosy and wraparound environments, which are made even more precious by a perfect chromatic equilibrium.

Handmade majolica tiles stands for elegance and impeccable design.