The Ceramiche Rometti factory in Umbertide (PG) has been in production since 1927, when it was founded. The land of Umbria has always been fertile ground for products that not only aspire to be included in the category of beautifully crafted objects but also seek to make an incisive and original mark on the contemporary ceramics scene.
Rometti was the first in Italy, in the early thirties, to break away from the figurative style of the late Renaissance and art nouveau traditions and take up the innovative ideas of the avant-garde in international art and design. Thus, works of outstanding quality were created: vases, dishes and sculptures of enormous importance in the history of European ceramics and of great value as collectibles today; stylized figurative works, sometimes visionary, at times playful and bizarre, created by artists of the calibre of Corrado Cagli, Dante Baldelli, Mario Di Giacomo, Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero.
Rometti has never stopped producing ceramics to this day, despite having suffered the effects of the Second World War and the events that affected the company's production capacity. It has kept intact its artistic vocation, based on design, the contribution of famous artists, and tried and tested expertise. Monica Pioggia, Umberto Raponi and professors from the University of Reggio Emilia worked with the Manufacturer in the late nineties.
Constant experimentation is a hall mark of the Rometti workshops, in which complex and sophisticated production techniques are adapted to the specific characteristics of the product: earthenware, stoneware or porcelain.
As regards majolica, for example, Rometti has always used an age old method: objects shaped by hand on the wheel are painted and "frescoed” before being baked ; a special plaster brings out the colours and gives depth to the decorations. A mix of the purest raw materials is used to create extremely fine porcelain. Natural clay is taken from a local quarry, whose origins date back to Roman times. The various production phases in the workshops require highly specialized manual operations: moulding, shaping, casting, enamelling by immersion or spray, and painting. These high quality products are exclusively hand-made and never exactly alike.