Not far from us lies the village of Deruta. Deruta is a small medieval hilltop town in Umbria famous for its ceramic tradition, which dates back to the 12th century. About six months ago, we began working with one of the most renowned artisans in the area to develop a custom cruet for Olivando. We wanted to create a cruet that is as distinctive, organic, and artisanal as our extra virgin olive oil. That is exactly what he delivered. Keep scrolling for the video.
Each hand-thrown bottle is made from dark clay inspired by ancient Etruscan pottery. Olivando’s olive leaf logo is hand-etched into the uncured glaze before being placed in the kiln. The process of developing The Bottle was fascinating, and we truly enjoyed working with them to bring it to you. The final product is a refined earthenware vessel and a beautiful piece to keep on your countertop or pass around the dinner table.
More Than Just a Cruet
It’s more than just a ceramic bottle. It’s a piece of art – Art with a story behind it. The story is not only of us and how we came to be olive oil producers, but also how Carlo and his family have been making Deruta ceramics for over 70 years. They are well established as one of the best ceramics producers in Italy, which is why you’ll find their other lines in places such as GOOP and Il Buco Vita. Watch the video below to see the process of how these are made and see for yourself the care and attention to detail that goes into every step.
Since we are a small company, we started with only 100. So when we say limited edition, we aren’t kidding. You won’t find The Bottle in a big box store or a giant e-commerce site. It’s not mass-produced, and we wouldn’t want it to be. You can find it in one place only, and that’s here, at Olivando.