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Letter from Studio Geribi

Deruta, located in Umbria (center of Italia), 150km from Rome and 15km from Perugia, is a middle town in the hill famous for the production of ceramics. At Via Umbria, we sell a range of ceramics that are imported from Studio Geribi in Deruta, owned by Gerardo and Assunta Ribigini.

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From Gerardo:

My father Pasquale, in 1956 together with 27 partners, founded a cooperative to maintain alive the company named Maioliche Deruta. There were more than 200 employees and my father was the president for 7 years, until 1962 when he retired.

The company ceased the activity in 1978, and I worked there as a painter and designer from 1969 to 1975 when I left to serve in the Navy.

In 1978 I started my company Geribi and met my future wife Assunta who joined me the same year. At the time, Assunta was working in a factory making compositions of dried flowers (ikebana-like). She not only learned to paint, but she began (and still does) to create new designs for the ceramics. Assunta made a lot of new designs that are inspired by the antique production with a new powerful color.

Our daughter Claudia joined us after her graduation in art history. She added a modern touch that meets the taste of the new generations.

After his graduation in art history, our son Federico spent some months as a potter and as a painter with us (but most of the time he was studying game programming and web design).

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For some years we worked to serve retailers in Assisi, Orvieto, Urbino, Firenze and few others. Then we met an Italo-Australian young guy who wanted to open a shop in Sydney and from a couple of large boxes we ended up to ship 6 containers a year for their seven shops around Australia and New Zealand.
In 1994 we opened a shop in the piazza. There we met for the first time, Suzy and Bill Menard who fell in love with our ceramics.

This is one for example, is one of her unique master piece, completely hand painted. It’s possible to buy in our store in Georgetown or order online here.

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Assunta’s Insalata di Riso

Insalata di riso is a typical summer dish in Italy, where the summers are hot and turning on the stove is avoided at all costs. Quick and refreshing, it’s infinitely adaptable to fit whatever you have on hand. Assunta, co-owner of Studio Geribi, sent over her family’s favorite recipe so that we might all enjoy summer the Italian way.

 

INSALATA DI RISO
INGREDIENTS

1 cup rice

4 hard boiled eggs

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1/3 cup cucumbers

1/4 cup celery

1/2 cup peppers

1 large carrot

1/3 cup fennel

1/2 cup olives (in oil or fresh)

1/3 cup artichokes (in oil)

1/2 cup mushrooms (in oil)

1/3 onion (in vinegar)

Salt to taste

 

     DIRECTIONS

Place a large tray in the refrigerator to chill (you’ll need this later).

-Add rice to a pot of boiling, salted water. 2-3 minutes before the rice is fully cooked, drain and let it cool on the tray that you chilled in the fridge.

-Meanwhile, wash and clean all the vegetables and place them in a large bowl. Once the rice has cooled, add it to the fresh vegetables, followed by  the ingredients in oil and vinegar.

-Add the two tablespoons of mayonnaise and the egg. Mix carefully, trying not to damage the hard boiled eggs.

-Season with salt to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

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Insalata di riso is a typical summer dish in Italy, where the summers are hot and turning on the stove is avoided ...