Monday, December 1, 2014

Maiolica-Majolica 3

Now I reached a time that I was not pleased with the way the maiolica was working for me. Painting the maiolica glazes on the maiolica base reminded me way too much of trying to paint on top of powdered chalk. I tried a few different base glazes, some of which were very difficult to work with.
In order to practice, I made many small apothecary jars like the designs of apothecary jars in historic maiolica. They hold about 2 tablespoons of spices or other things and proved very popular. The tops are rounds of linen that have been soaked in bees wax. Rather amazingly practical and useful.

These jars were made for a friend according to his directions. The designs came out very well, but the glazes were pitted. I discovered that to rectify this problem I needed to bisque fire the pottery at a much higher temperature to combat outgassing in the clay, and that has worked. Lesson learned.

This is an example of some of the other problems I had with trying to "paint on chalk". 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Maiolica-Majolica 2

The next step in maiolica I took was when I started painting the cave animals inspired by the Lascaux caves in France on my pottery. I wanted a solid background and wanted a slightly watercolor effect on the glaze painting. Maiolica gives a great surface for watercolor-like effects. Thus I worked on these pots.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Maiolica-Majolica I

These two bowls were my first attempts at Italian Renaissance Maiolica. The shields in the center are often seen in maiolica from this time and place, also the bowls on little pedestals with opposing handles are an oft used design .

I let the idea of maiolica rest for a few years. I liked them, but it took so very long to complete the painting that I concentrated on other things for awhile. But more to come.