The “Ceramica Raku” shop is another of Rome’s boutique stores that exclusively sells ceramic clocks. The shop has been part of the Montesi family business which was established in 1985 and which sells these Italian ceramic clocks locally and internationally.
The shop is located halfway between the Pantheon and the Piazza di Pietra. The name comes from a special firing technique for the ceramic and all the pieces are handmade. They say: “We make everything by hand exclusively by Italian crafstmen. The only exception is the mechanical pieces which are German.”
The Raku ceramic is characteristic for its shine which comes from the firing process. The brightness can be seen in this gallery of the clocks, where we can also see some the different pieces. Many of the clocks are dedicated to Rome’s icons (the family is proud of its Roman heritage), and some are more metaphoric with old Latin sayings. Prices are reasonable, ranging from 25 to 130 euros. The store is on Via dei Pastini and you can also visit the Raku website for more information.
Photos | Sara Regimenti
Cultural and women’s design association Leartigiane.it recently opened their new shop in Rome, near Torre Argentina, where you can find furniture, interior decorations, jewellery and handmade clothes on display. The association is design to support women’s craftmanship and the shop is a showcase for paintings and accessories, too, being a small corner of art and design on the Rome shopping scene.
The association was established in 1999 and now the Leartiginae.it shop provides a space for weekly “exhibitions” where the members change the works on sale. Sometimes running to a particular theme, the shop recently had a focus on pets and was selling the service of pet portaits done at owners’ homes.
Other creations, including examples like cachemire fabric sold for made-to-measure pullovers, can also be purchased online and the name of the shop as a website is designed to promote the online component of the association. Bruna Pietropaoli of the organisation says:
Yesterday while I was walking through the streets of Rome, I came upon the strangest shop I had ever seen; unable to check my curiosity I went in and found a series of artefacts and products from the major abbeys and monasteries here in Italy. The shop owned by Mr Umberto, a biologist who teaches botany at the Catholic University of Rome, told me that his father who fought in East Africa during world war 2 had a passion for officinal herbs and somehow this passion was passed down to him! The products in the shop are all from monasteries and nunneries and include alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, tea blends and chocolates! So if you are in Rome, check it out! It won’t disappoint you.
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