Sunday, April 22, 2007

Lava Tables in My Future

Yesterday, I went again to look at lava tables with friends. This is now the fourth time I've been to this place and I've yet to buy anything. I'm on the verge, though! We brought a new customer for them, another DoDDS teacher and power shopper. She ordered a table, chairs, and several other items, taking no time at all to make up her mind!

What is a lava table? It's a table, usually with wrought-iron base, made of a slab of quarried lava stone from Etna that is then hand-painted and fired in an oven like ceramics are, making it virtually indestructible. The top is usually about two inches or so thick, making the tables extremely heavy.

A lava table (or two) is something everyone who lives to Sicily wants to have before they leave. And it's not just tables, but they also make complete kitchens (counters and backsplash), tiles, clocks, wall hangings (pictures), bases for BBQ grills to fit in, wine racks, baker's racks, chairs, benches, and more. The artwork on them is typically Sicilian, very much like the ceramics of Caltagirone that we all love.

At the place we go, they will paint anything you want on the tables, so the possibilities are endless. You can also choose to leave the background naturally black/gray or have it painted. Each place employs their own artists, and they will be happy to match your table to dishes (or vice versa), tiles, or ceramics. At Ceramiche Artistiche Allegra Belpasso, between Belpasso and San Pietro, they have beautiful things, an accommodating staff, and the best prices.

Check us out eating on a new lava table purchased by my friend Kendra on her blog HERE.
So, there are lava tables in my future, no doubt! The only questions are what size, how many, and what designs?

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At April 22, 2007 9:32 PM, Blogger Kendra said...

You do this so well. ;)

I'll help you spend your money!

At April 24, 2007 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another interesting entry. I spent a couple weeks in Sicily in the fall of 2003 but I had never heard of the lava tables. If I saw some of the tables, I didn't realize their origin. Your friends table and chairs look great.

I really enjoy your blog. It's a shame (for me) that you don't write as often as you once did. As a lover of Italy, it's interesting to read of your experiences nel bel paese. For instance, I liked learning about the caves and your experience getting the car fixed was interesting too. (Better you than me, how frustrating!--ha!)

Keep up the good work.


At June 18, 2008 12:02 AM, Anonymous desuir said...

Hi, If anyone is interested in a Sicilian Lava Table Top...Well we stock them right here in NEW YORK..Just drop an e-mail and we will send the info...
Ciao Tutti....Rinaldo


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