The following pictures are my most recent maiolica jars. The style of jar is either refered to as a "drug" jar, "apothocary" jar, or "abaraello". They were traditionally used to hold medicines and herbal mixtures. They were covered by use of a waxed parchment, tied on with waxed linen thread. These will be covered by a waxed piece of linen fabric tied on with waxed linen thread. Works just like seran wrap, only re-useable!
This is the "before" picture.
After they have been fired.
These were made for Master Eduardo/David Waldon. He is creating a period Italian Renaissance Kitchen and these jars will hold foods. "Strutto" means pig fat, the smaller jar's function is undecided at this time. They are both glazed with low-fire maiolica glazes. The base white glaze is a glaze I mixed to be similar to low-fire traditional maiolica but without use of lead. I would like to find more low-fire maiolica bases as I had a bit of difficulty with pinholing, although I took the precautions advised to eliminate pinholing.