Cama Deruta was an Artisans’ Cooperative in Deurta in Umbria that specialized in the art of majolica, a glazed type of pottery often associated with certain regions of Italy. The name majolica comes from the Spanish island of Majorca in the western Mediterranean, the port from which majolica originally was traded.
In the 1990’s Cama Deruta set the trend for Italian Renaissance majolica designs that were to become chic sought after accessories sold in the best retail stops in the United States. The workshop was officially closed in 2011 but during its existence the artisan cooperative produced some of the finest and most historically accurate majolica designs in all of Italy.
So much so that their tableware was featured in cookbooks such as Starbuck’s “Passion for Coffee” and in the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) ( look for the cup in the scene in which Sally Field is drinking her cappuccino). The cup was painted by majolica artist Renato Niccacci in the Siena pattern , a design that emphasizes the colors and details of the marble tiles found in the cathedral in Siena Italy.