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Michael Kaplan spent 35 years in the high-tech industry, where most recently he was involved in the development of secure communications systems.  He retired in 2003 and has since pursued his lifelong passion for woodworking. 

Michael built his first cabinet at age 13, and his love for wood and woodworking developed and grew from that point on.  He also had an interest in ceramics, and for several years he produced his own pottery, which he sold at craft fairs and in shops.  The combination of ceramics and wood began to interest him, and he traveled to Italy in 2004 to investigate the use of the beautiful hand-painted ceramics produced by artists in Tuscany and Umbria.  While there, he established business relationships with several of the finest ceramic artisans, thus launching his business in hardwood and tile tables and mirrors. Since then, Michael has expanded his business by offering a large selection of beautiful Italian Ceramics by these artisans.

Michael believes that the natural beauty of cherry, maple, and other hardwoods is further enhanced by the colors and patterns of Tuscany and Umbria.  Combining this with fine craftsmanship to produce finished products that are beautiful as well as functional…. this is the mission of Tuscan Designs.

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All of our ceramics are lead free and food safe, have met FDA standards and have been tested and approved for safe use. If an item is strictly for decorative use, it will be clearly marked.

Our products should not be used in conventional or microwave ovens. While you can wash our ceramics in a dishwasher on the light cycle, it is highly recommended that you wash these items by hand, since dishwashers could cause chipping and crazing of the surface of the pieces.

Since each ceramic piece is individually crafted and hand-painted, you may notice slight variations in color, size and design. Additionally, on occasion you might see paint smudges, spots, even light fingerprints.
You will also notice looseness of ceramic lids. All of these "variances" should not be considered defects. They are the result of fine work and artistry done completely by hand.

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