Lithuanian Candle Houses & Deurta, Italian Rooster Pitchers in St. Charles, Missouri

Feel the love and warmth of home radiating from the cozy Lithuanian candle houses available at Siostra Polish Pottery & Gifts in St. Charles, Missouri. Handmade by Lithuanian families, these houses each take on a character of their own. These are all two pieces and the top of the house sits seamlessly on top of the base and lift off so a tea light candle can be placed inside. With the candle lit, it looks like someone is home.

Lithuania is a small country of very proud people located on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, adjacent to Poland.  In 1991, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Lithuania regained its free and independent status as a democratic republic.

Lithuanian Candle Houses, Lithuanian Candle Houses in St. Charles, MO

The Lithuanian people will tell you that during the years of Soviet occupation, Lithuanian citizens placed candle houses in their windows to signal safe havens for rebels and as a silent protest against the forces of Communism.  The houses and their soft constant light were ongoing evidence of Lithuania's eternal hope for achieving freedom and independence.

These unique candle houses are all handmade in Lithuania by third generation artisans. The artisans use no molds: the houses are all hand formed, tiled, and painted by craftsmen in various Lithuanian villages.  Because they are all created by hand, you can appreciate that there may be slight variations from one house to another of the same design.

Lithuanian Candle House, Lithuanian Candle Houses in St. Charles, MO

This is a Genuine Handcrafted Lithuanian Candlehouse. These are made from the very clay the Lithuanians knelt and prayed upon for their protection and freedom. 

The Lithuanians now pass their story of hope and freedom on to you. Is there a place in your heart longing to become free?

Light a candle house tonight.

Italian Rooster Pitchers

These Italian Rooster Pitchers are from the Deurta region in Italy. We now carry many differnt items from Deurta, not just the Roosters. 

History of the Rooster Pitchers

The origin of the popular Rooster Pitcher stretches back to the 15th century and the time of the Renaissance in the Republic of Florence.

The most powerful and wealthy people in all Florence were members of the Medici family. The patriarch of the family, the famous Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano, faced only one serious rival for power--the Pazzi family. The Pazzis were determined to seize power and were prepared to use the accepted method of the day... assassination!

Italian Rooster Pitchers, Italian Rooster Pitchers in St. Charles, MO
A part of the Medici's vast wealth was their land holdings. Peasants from the nearby villages worked the land and occasionally the Medicis would host festivals to reward the workers. Giuliano in particular enjoyed the celebrations, planning one for the slightest reason. The Pazzis, knowing this weakness for parties, had a conspirator suggest Giuliano host a festival for the now vanished village of Gallina. Giuliano agreed and a plot was hatched. The Pazzis planned to wait until after the festival had ended, then, when Giuliano and his guards were drunk and asleep, they would attack and kill them all.

In the fall of 1478 the festival in Gallina took place and Giuliano and his entourage of guards, cooks and craftsmen arrived to host the celebration. The hired assassins of the Pazzi family snuck into the village, prepared to carry out their evil deed. They might have succeeded except, as the men crept into the barnyard, the roosters awoke and began their frantic crowing! The assassins were so stunned they stood helpless, unable to attack. Giuliano and his men, alerted by the noisy birds, captured the men, who later suffered the same fate they had planned for Giuliano.

As for Giuliano, he was so delighted to have been saved by the lowly rooster that he hosted another festival the following night! He ordered artisans to create ceramic copies of the feathered guardians so they might be used as wine pitchers. Those same pitchers he presented to the peasants for good luck. Since that time it has been an Italian tradition to present a Rooster Pitcher to friends and family as a house warming or wedding present to protect them from trespassers and those who mean them ill will.

Italian Rooster Pitchers, Italian Rooster Pitchers in St. Charles, MO

 Contact our pottery shop in St. Charles, Missouri, to learn more about our selection of
Lithuanian candle houses, Italian rooster pitchers, and other unique crafted items.