Painting of Clay

I make my pottery vessels on a wheel using a material called terracotta, fire them first in bisque firing and then glaze their surface by dipping or spraying. This white glaze serves as the drawing base for the painting to come.

I paint on this dry porous overglaze in the same way  watercolour paintings are made. The second firing strengthens the glazing and melts it into a smooth white background surface into which the colourful brushstrokes are being melted. This glazing and painting process gives the entire surface its intense colourfulness and shine characterising Maiolica.

Because the glazing layer immediately absorbs the brushstrokes and it is impossible to correct them, this painting technique requires a very skilled and steady hand.

 First firing temperature: 900O-1000O

Second firing temperature: 1020O-1080O

 

 

 

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