Modigliani's 12 Days of Christmas

Julie Jurden
This year, we thought it would be fun to put together a 12 Days of Christmas guide that features different Modigliani pieces for all the different people on your holiday shopping list, fun decorating tips and Italian traditions and recipes to try out this holiday season! Follow along each day as we share a gift idea or something new for you try. Enjoy! Wishing you a very happy holiday this year.




According to the Italian Christmas tree traditional standards, dads put up the tree, moms set the lights, and children hang the ornaments. The topper of the Christmas tree (responsibility of the youngest in the house) may vary between a star (representing the comet that signed the location of baby Jesus to the Three Kings) and an angel (Gabriel, the Annunciation messenger). 

Decades ago when trees were first introduced in Italian homes, decorations consisted of oranges, clementines, candies, twine, candles and lanterns, and any piece of colored glass. We celebrate this tradition with our beautiful Murano glass ornaments.



Two Italian sparkling wines caught our attention as we prepare to toast the season, each to be enjoyed alone or with a variety of dishes. We thought the reddish tone of these wines with our green crackle champagne flutes were the perfect pair!

The first, simply called Flor, was created at the Bastianich winery, founded in 1997, which strives to understand the history and culture of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and take it to a new level. Restaurateur Joseph Bastianich with his mother, the renowned chef Lidia Bastianich, bought a vineyard in Buttrio, a town in the Colli Orientali DOC. The family is very precise in their winemaking, controlling yields so that each individual vine produces one bottle of wine. They employ traditional manual methods in the vineyard and create wines that express the character of the land.

Rose-pink in color with aromas of strawberry, minerals and hints of vanilla. Strawberry centric with white pepper and floral hints complimented by energetic bubbles and a refreshing acidity, finishing super dry and crisp. [Even the bubbles are dry!]

Our second sparkling wine named the “Centenario” Grasparossa di Castelvetro amabile (sweet) wine of the Chiarli winery is honored by the Lambrusco di Grasparossa DOC certification. This is a typical product of the Emilia Romagna region. This wine is produced with 100% Lambrusco Grasparossa grapes of Castelvetro. It is an amiable wine with an intense red color with a wide fruity scent. The lively and effervescent foam has a charged pink color. A slightly sweeter choice!


It’s finally December and the spirit of the holiday season is getting in to full swing here in the U.S. For most of us, Thanksgiving officially kicks off the festivities, and for some, it even begins as early as Halloween. But no matter when your family traditionally welcomes the season, it’s a magical and wondrous time for the little ones in our lives.

Ask anyone you know and they’ll probably be able to spout out one tradition that their family has had or continues during the holiday season. While the origins of this special time are based on religious and spiritual beliefs, many traditions celebrated are born from families creating memories in their own way and then sustained for years to come. It’s something that brings us together in familiarity and comfort.

Italians also understand this and base many of their traditions on bringing family together and creating a meaningful experience their children will remember and share for the rest of their lives. They also celebrate within their own cultural timeline.

It is not only Santa who brings Christmas gifts. Right across Italy, on January 6 - marking the end of the holiday season - there is a visit from la Befana. This translates literally as ‘the good witch’, and legend says that on this date she would fill stockings with candy for the children.

Our kid’s table is filled with fun and tradition including stickers, card games, stockings from Befana filled with candy and the book that tells the story. Bright and cheerful espresso cups and salad plates and silverware just their size! Complete with pizza, fruit kebabs and of course the traditional struffoli. Recipe found here.

No matter what you have planned this season, we hope you all are lucky enough to spend just a small bit of time seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child and creating new traditions and memories for years to come. The pure joy, laughter, and whimsy children evoke is the most simple yet poignant way we can think to embrace and celebrate the season.


Italian hot chocolate — also called Ciccolata Calda — is rich, thick, and decadent. It has an almost pudding-like consistency and big, bold chocolate flavor. And it’s nothing like that dried stuff you mix with warm water or milk. Create some of your own and let your family and friends choose their favorite toppings!


Whether made for your family or as a gift, everyone will enjoy this Ciambella Italian Lemon Sponge Cake for breakfast, dessert or a special snack! Our red Rosso cake plate with any of our cake servers is the perfect combination.


This merry table evokes a feeling of being in a cozy ski lodge nestled in the Italian Alps, sharing a feast after an active day in the mountains. Creating a beautiful table doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.

What was our inspiration?

To start with, I knew I wanted to use a base of tartan plaid from the beginning but wanted to be certain it wouldn’t conflict with the dinnerware or overtake the table. My vision was to find a runner allowing us to leave some of the table exposed. I couldn’t find the right runner, however I found the perfect plaid at our local fabric store instead. Rather than laying it in a straight line down the center of the table, we draped the fabric casually and slightly askew, which gave it a more informal and relaxed tone.

Once the plaid base was in place, it became clear that the remaining elements should be clean in color and shape to support the theme and to offset the more busy design of the plaid. We started with large glass votives and plain white pillar candles to add some height and weight to balance the plaid. Hearty yet beautiful magnolia branches add a perfect hint of green, keeping it traditional yet unexpected. Finally, the addition of twinkle lights provide a festive quality to complete the table setting.

Let’s break down the winter table a bit by looking at a few distinctive elements. Let’s begin with the place card.

Many of our items can serve multiple purposes, so get creative and try a few things out. For example, our Rosso espresso cups have found another use besides serving up a caffeine jolt. Try trimming some juniper greens and placing them in the cup with cinnamon sticks. Or you can use other greenery that’s just as elegant and fragrant. It’s a simple project that looks quite festive on any table. By turning the place card “on its side,” you can add a fun twist that takes the table from everyday to special occasion in a matter of minutes.

Next, let’s look at layers and color.

The plates stacked below are a mix and match of the Montagne Invernali collection combined with pieces from Rosso and the rich green of the Frutta Laccata charger. Combining and layering collections with different shapes, sizes, and colors is a simple way to add interest and depth to the table.

Using simple layering techniques with seasonal fresh elements and festive tableware make this an easy option for your winter dinner party!



On Day 7 let's check out 7 gift options for teachers, friends, neighbors, family and anyone special in your life that you want to gift this season!

Hopefully these suggestions have sparked your creativity with endless combinations and possibilities!


So special to share recipes and celebrate together during the holidays. Pizzelle are wonderful cookies that taste good and look beautiful! Our have just a dusting of powdered sugar but they are delicious with Nutella, melted chocolate or jams. Everyone will love to take some of these home!


Whimsical fun and easy to put together, nothing says Christmas like POP! Our POP collection is wonderful year round but we have added some Christmas to the mix and pulled out every color in it for a cheerful holiday table. A greenery mix for texture down the center with simple white carnations and a bowl of ornaments mix with colorful Via Veneto flatware and Tivoli glasses to make a truly celebratory table.


Light our Christmas candle! Pure freshly cut Christmas tree. The strong scent of Fir balanced with a touch of sweet nectar. This wonderful scent fills the Murano glass votive which will have a beautiful glow as it burns. The glass vessel can be cleaned and reused.


There is a wonderful tradition that says that once you have eaten what was offered to you in the container, you should never return back an empty container as a mark of courtesy. Often, people bring in food to others who are ill or in crisis or simply because they want to share the good food with them. While they would never want to bother you cooking or buying something in order to return the dish, but if you manage some time off and fill it with some special treats from your end, it would only make them happy, don't you think? Not just that, it would also continue the trail of unspoken love and care which was initiated from their side. There is no need for you to go out of your way to get/cook the most exotic dish to be given in return. Some biscotti with a little thank-you note works just as sweet.


Our angel plates offer the opportunity to gift a beautiful plate while also giving your support to a wonderful cause.

The Angel Plate (Piastra Angelo) is commissioned to honor those afflicted with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder afflicting young girls. They are known as Rett angels, and here we honor them as such. This is a one-of-a-kind gift, limited in number and signed by the artist. All of the profits go to Rett Syndrome research. Visit for more information on ways to support the cause and thank you for your support.

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Spring 2017 Gift Guide

Julie Jurden

Spring has arrived once again and with it all the joys of the season. From the blooming daffodils, to the longer, warmer days, the glory of spring is here and with it, celebrations galore! From Mother's Day to bridal showers, hostess and teacher gifts, Modigliani's handmade Italian ceramics are the perfect gift with an Italian flair.

Pop Nero VaseFlowers are the hallmark of the season and make ideal gifts for Mother's Day or a hostess gift for Easter brunch. Grab a pre-made floral bunch from your local florist, or pick some of the springtime blooms popping up in your own yard. Use our POP Nero Small Twisted Vase to present your gift.



Pop Circle and Primavera Mugs

From the bright and lively POP Circle mug to the springtime favorite, Primavera, Modigliani has mugs as varied as the Italian landscape. Fill with candy or school supplies for a teacher or start off the couple-to-be's coffee collection.


Who doesn't need a beautiful place to store away paper clips, buttons, or even earrings. Our small handmade ceramic boxes are a delightful way to organize small items and look gorgeous on a vanity, desk, or bathroom countertop. If your recipient’s style is bold, they’ll love  POP Lines Bowl. If they lean towards softer colors, our Amore Small Heart or Primavera Round Box are the perfect fit. We love this gift for teachers or a mom that loves to organize!

Intrecci and Primavera Pots

For the mom, sister, or hostess that has a green thumb, Modigliani features a variety of handmade ceramic planters in sizes, large and small. Ideal for a small herb collection or petite flowering plant, our Primavera Small Flower Pot is ideal for the season. The Large Yellow Cachepot from our Intrecci collection works well for larger plants. 

Italian glassware and decanter

Visiting a couple that loves to entertain, or attending a spring wedding? For the happy couple, we recommend our Selezione collection decanter and glasses. This glassware is stately, solid, sleek and hand blown in the Tuscan tradition. With perfect lines and a beautiful feel in the hand, this glassware is sure to become an entertaining tradition.

espresso cup and saucerLooking for a way to celebrate spring with the little ones? How about an outdoor tea party? Our
Buongiorno! Espresso Cup and Saucer set works wonderfully as a tea cup and saucer for their little hands.  

Hostess SetHandmade and painted in Italy, our hostess sets make a gorgeous display for antipasto, appetizers, or nuts. Ideal for dining alfresco at a backyard picnic, our Capri Hostess Set features room for seven offerings and adds a Mediterranean feel, even when you cannot visit the sea.






Finally, gift yourself a beautiful tablescape as you entertain this spring. We are debuting two new Mix & Match collections just in time for your Easter celebration. Spring Sunshine and Springtime Sky Mix and Match add the colors and motifs of the season, from florals to plaids. Start your table design with our Biancheria Yellow and White Check Placemat and Napkin or Green and White Check Placemat and Napkin. A refreshing change from the mass produced pace of today a world, our table linens are hand picked to match our collections and provide a combination of textures and fabrics that reflect the quality of our designs and the skilled workmanship that is our signature characteristic.

Happy spring from everyone here at Modigliani. Enjoy all the season has to offer and experience la grande vita! 


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Summer Wedding Gift Guide

Julie Jurden

Wedding season is in full swing here at Modigliani. Julie and our team are always thrilled to help a bride and groom create a beautiful table. For families and other wedding guests, it can be difficult to decide on a gift for the happy couple that is as unique and wonderful as they are. To help, we have curated a selection of our fine Italian glass and dinnerware. We have even included a gift idea for bridesmaids and hostesses as well. 

Colori e Sapori
Chutney Dip in Colori

Colori e Sapori translates as Colors and Flavors. Our collection of bakeware inspires us to bring together the flavors of your dishes with Modigliani's colorful, and textured bakeware. These pieces go from oven to table bringing their bright colors to add a celebratory splash to family meals or any occasion. Also perfect for dips, appetizers and casseroles. Make this a perfect gift for the bride and groom by filling the dish a few of your favorite recipes on gorgeous cards. Garnish with a bow, and you have a gift the couple will cherish for years to come. 

Artist Series
Handmade Italian Pottery

For the couple who has it all, we present the Artist Series. Each piece of handmade pottery in our Artist Series is one-of-a-kind, or mezzo unico,  and signed by the artist.  Indulge the bride and groom in the beauty of this series created by a young, upcoming ceramist in conjunction with a seasoned painter. It is our great pleasure to share these pieces with you and support the new and revitalized interest in an old Italian tradition.

Appunti di Viaggio
Modern and colorful ceramic mugs

Does the special couple have a modern flair? The handpainted ceramic mugs of our Appunti di Viaggio collection is the perfect gift. Inspired by the world around them, artists often make sketches or “notes” about what they see and experience. Our Appunti di Viaggio collezione, or "Notes of the Village" collection takes the quick simple lines of an artists notes, and adds washes of vibrant color to create six village scenes with a contemporary twist.

Roma Amor
Amor Vase With Flowers

Vibrant and affectionate like Rome itself, our Roma Amor Collection is inspired by the love of a city full of heart, passion, and joy, that is always happy and vital. This handmade vase features a round base that gracefully twists to a square top. The bright color palette looks beautiful in any home and the happy couple will enjoy displaying flowers that express their love.

Villa d'Este
Champaign Glasses

A new twist on the traditional champagne glass! Modigliani's Villa d'Este is our hand blown glassware beautiful enough to grace any table for a dinner with friends and family. Available in two colors that beautifully complement a variety of tableware. Better yet? Surprise the bride before the wedding with these champagne flutes for their wedding day toast!


Utensil jar

The Buongiorno! Collection brings the lucky rooster, an iconic Italian symbol of good fortune, into your kitchen or onto your casual table with an updated and colorful flamboyance. What a beautiful way to add an exclamation point to your celebrations and gatherings. Help stock the kitchen for the bride and groom by filling the Buongiorno! Utensil Jar with wooden spoons, spatulas, dish towels, and more. 

intrecci gift basket

These woven, colorful ceramic pots and baskets create a new twist on the traditional. The story of this collection begins with a mother of four who mastered the wheel but missed her children while working and began to produce pottery in a separate small room at home on her own wheel. These were produced by one of those children who learned their craft at age 5! Available in a variety of sizes, these baskets make ideal bridesmaids gifts. Fill with lotions, oils, bath bombs and more to create a spa basket your ladies will love and remember for years to come!

Frutta LaccataOlive Boat

Looking for a versatile gift for the bride and groom? This handmade Italian olive boat is your answer. Fill it with nuts, stuffed dates, mushrooms or tomatoes, or olives, of course! Fits into any side table or buffet as a beautiful accent piece. 

Condotti Flatware
handmade italian flatware

The handles of our Condotti flatware are tipped with stainless steel ridges reminiscent of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Handmade in Italy of 18/10 Stainless Steel, the whole Condotti collection is available in multiple solid colors including lightly stained wood with decorative handles to match any of our ceramic patterns or any tableware the bride and groom may have on their registry especially those special serving pieces for salad, pasta, cake, or lasagna.

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Spring Gift Guide - Bridal Showers, Mother's Day, Teacher Gifts and more.

Julie Jurden

We welcome you to browse our Spring Gift Guide!

Spring is upon us and with it, celebrations galore! From Mother's Day to bridal showers and hostess gifts, Modigliani's handmade Italian ceramics are the perfect gift with an Italian flair. And as the school year comes to a close, don't forget to thank that special teacher! We have just the gift for them too.


Intrecci translated means to weave. This woven ceramic collection features a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. These make a gorgeous Mother's Day gift filled with beautiful flowers. But are equally spectacular for a bride, teacher or hostess. Fill the small oval basket with candy as a teacher gift! She will be able to reuse as paper clip storage on her desk. 

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Amore Ceramic Heart Boxes

Inspired by the affection we hold for our friends and family, our Amore collection. These colorful ceramic heart boxes can make a delightful gift for mom, brides, and teachers. Available in a variety of sizes, these handmade Italian boxes can hold paper clips, earrings or candy. Just a small amount of creativity and you have a unique gift that speak volumes.

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Colori Ceramic Bakeware

Colori e Sapori translates as Colors and Flavors. Our collection of bakeware inspires us to bring together the flavors of your dishes with Modigliani colorful, textured bakeware. Perfect for dips and casseroles, any piece from this colorful set is sure to be a delightful gift for mom. Couple this bakeware with a favorite recipe written on beautiful paper and this becomes a lovely gift for a bridal shower or teacher as well. 

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Small Medium Large

Our Primavera collection features pots in three sizes. Primavera is a celebration of the colors of spring. In this collection, cerulean sky, and marigold mingle with earthy greens and browns, depicting a quintessentially spring floral motif. From this collection, we feature these handmade ceramic pots. Each make an ideal gift for those with a green thumb. But don't despair, they can be used in a non-traditional way too! For that favorite teacher, fill with paper clips, pens, or other needed office supplies. They can keep the ceramic pot on their desk as a decorative organizational tool, or add a plant or flower to bring a little of the outdoors in! 

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 Rosso Appetizer Dish

Our Rosso appetizer dish makes a lovely hostess, bridal or Mother's Day gift. Fill it with their favorite candies. When the goodies are all gone, this handmade ceramic dish can easily become a part of their entertaining collection. Rosso translated simply as Red combines the artistic excellence of the Italian tradition with the contemporary functional flavor of strong geometric shape with a multi-dimensional feel. The brilliant red glazing achieves a unique finish that allows entertaining for a special occasion or an everyday event.

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 buongiorno Olive Utensil Holder Festa Utensil Holder
Buongiorno! Olive Festa

With such a variety of styles, Modigliani has the perfect handmade Italian ceramic utensil holder to fit anyone. They make a delightful gift alone, or for the bride-to-be, fill with wooden spoons, spatulas, and other kitchen necessities. 

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tivoli drop glassware 
Tivoli is an ancient Italian town near Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river. The city overlooks the rolling hills and pastoral beauty of the Roman Campagna. It is the rich colors and the changing landscape of this area that inspire our Tivoli line. Available in a variety of colors, Tivoli Drop Glassware is beautiful for everyday use. What a colorful gift for the bride and groom!

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Buongiorno! Extra Virgin Pop

From the bright and lively Buongiorno!, to the warm and traditional tones of Extra Virgin, Modigliani has mugs as varied as the Italian landscape. Fill with candy or school supplies for a teacher or start off the couple-to-be's coffee collection. 

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Ninfa Pitcher 

Celebrate the joy of the season with one of our handmade ceramic or glass pitchers. For Mom, grab a bouquet of flowers and use the pitcher as a vase. Not only will she enjoy the lovely blooms, but when they fade, Mom is left with a useful and gorgeous pitcher.

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