Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Maiolica 5

Maiolica: Now with Grotesques.
Grotesques are the misshapen animals and people that are painted on later period maiolica. Sometimes they are combinations of animals and people, sometimes a large platter is covered with a multitude of these guys. The lanky lion and prancing antelope are my first attempts. I previously didn't have a positive attitude towards grotesques, mostly because of those in sculpture and household furnishings. But I quite liked these and will be doing more.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Maiolica/Majolica, IV

 These pictures show the difference between first painting the maiolica ware, and then what it looks like after They have been fired.
Before firing, but with the glazes applied
After firing, the colors just pop!
Detail of the rim of the plate.

A soup or salad bowl before firing

The same bowl after firing

Bowl detail, the little creatures are called "Grotesques"