About Maiolica

The unique feature of my style stems from a technique that crystallised in Italy of the 14th-17th centuries, known as "Maiolica", and characterised by enticing colourfulness. In the broader sense the name "Maiolica" also includes vessels that were made in Spain and imported to Italy from the island of Maiorca (Mallorca in Spanish), from which the name "Maiolica" is derived.



In the 16th century the spectrum of colours expanded from dark blue to manganese purple, copper green and antimony yellow, when the dark bluish shades were replaced with a clearer shade of cobalt blue.




Many vessels were decorated with visual narratives of great artists and then fired in clay capsules. Among the leading artists one can mention great painters like Raphael, El Perugino and Luca Della Robbia that worked in the city of Deruta in Italy.


It is worth noting that during the Renaissance the Medici family spent more money on pottery than on paintings and sculptures, while in the Victorian England art collectors bought more items belonging to applied arts, including Maiolica vessels, than paintings.



I've learned the secrets of this technique from a great artist and a dear friend, Salvatore Tidone, a native Sicilian who used this technique, which was handed down from generation to generation for 600 years of Jewish creation in the Sicilian town of Caltagirone, for all his life. My paintings broke away from the Italian tradition by becoming freer and integrated with drawings of local motifs. The spectrum of colours in my works reflects the melting pot of cultures existing in the Mediterranean basin and is drawn using the aquarelle method (layer upon layer).




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