Official specialist and first merchant to bring Arte Italica products online in 1999. Arte Italica was founded by Ann Skidmore in 1997 as a response to her love of Italian history, culture, art, and especially vintage pewter. Finding it difficult to acquire in the United States, she began importing fine Italian pewter herself. Soon, she was designing and importing handcrafted ceramics, glass, and bronze. Every Arte Italica piece is handcrafted using the techniques passed down through generations of skilled artisans, and this dedication to handcrafting is what allows Arte Italica to offer one-of-a-kind collections.