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(updated February 16, 2015) 


 We are now open for business at our spacious new location in Las Vegas New Mexico and Julia is back at the wheel and the easel. The new kiln is a dream and allows us to fire larger pots and more items at the same time. Bear with us as we update and fix the site, we got hacked recently and are doing our best to repair it.

Thanks for dropping by,

Julia and Dino

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(505) 652-1033 (We are on Mountain Time)



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Our Roman Amphorae are featured on  NBC's 30 Rock on January 14th, 2010, Episode # 409, "Claus and Greta"  as well as in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  (in the scene "Camp Half Blood").    

About the Artist:

Hello, my name is Julia Passamonti-Colamartino.

I am a bilingual first generation Italian-American and full time artist. Each work that I create is unique, with careful attention being paid to workmanship and detail.

I was born an artist and have been an ancient history buff all my life, having started out as an oil portrait artist working in the style of the old Italian and Dutch Renaissance Masters. But I also love the malleability and timelessness of clay just as much, and have found a way to combine both my joy of painting and my love of ancient history by reproducing ancient vessels as well as doing portraits and fantasy oil paintings in the old style. Thus, I'm not only an artist as is known today, but as one of times long past. I combine ancient techniques along with today's wonderful modern technology to create my work.

The Venetian Cat Studio began in 2004 with a gift of patronage from my mother, Camille Passamonti,a portrait artist and former art teacher. My passion for things ancient began as a child during frequent visits to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I was particularly drawn to Greek and Roman pottery as well as the fine detail and realism of Baroque oil paintings by artists such as Rembrandt and Velasquez.

During a visit to a pottery factory in Castelli Italy at age 9, I first saw vases being decorated with ornate, delicate designs, and wanted desperately to learn the technique.
Unfortunately, they were not taught in US schools, so it has taken me many years to understand how Baroque painting, Italian pottery (specifically Italian maiolica) and ancient Greek and Roman pottery were produced. I am still learning new things through the information and feedback that I get from my wonderful customers.

Although I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design, I am mostly self-taught. Our studio is in Las Vegas New Mexico, where I reside with my loving husband Dino and a colony of quasi-feral kitties.

A portion of all our proceeds are donated to

Feral Cat Rescue/Trap-Neuter-Return


Alternative Cancer Treatment



The Venetian Cat Studio is an interactive company where customers submit ideas for most of what we sell. We work primarily in terra cotta clay as well as pencil on vellum and in oils on canvas. My husband Dino works tirelessly with me and not only ensures that everything in the studio is up and running, but creates ropework for canteens, metal netting for cookware as well as our metal stands. Each piece we sell is an original hand-made work of art. All pottery is fully functional.

Own a Little Piece of History!

What our customers have to say

Once we learned to herd cats, we realized that ANYTHING is possible!

For more information, click on links below:
HOW IT'S DONE/Powerpoint Presentations|INFORMATION SHEETS: 1Terra Sigillata|2Maiolica Care/Info|3Using Oil Lamps|4Care of Water Bottles / CookwareCare|