I have talked about our trip to attend the wedding of our good friends Dave and Sabrina in Italy. They have a ceramics business in Deruta, Umbria. Recently, they put their website online www.setteangeli.com. They are great people and I'm sure you would enjoy doing business with them or learning about Italian Ceramics from them.
Dave and Sabrina see one of their marketing differentiators as being very easy to deal with for Americans. They have a toll free U.S. number that rings through to their business in Deruta. They have a U.S. address and have worked hard on packaging and shipping at reasonable prices. As an American transplant to Italy, Dave is especially eager to share his discoveries in his adopted country. He writes a monthly newsletter that can be found at www.InLoveWithItaly.com.
If you have any interest in ceramics, visiting Deruta, or even just visiting Italy get in contact with Dave and Sabrina at the contact information on their site. I am sure they will have some valuable tips to share with you and will be friendly faces to see if you get to Deruta.