As Linda Arbuckle, a master of Majolica explains, the name “majolica” comes from the Spanish port of Majorca where the Italians imported their ware. When the French imported it from Faenza, they called it “Faience”. Later the Dutch perfected the technique and called their ware “Delftware” for the city that specialized in its creation. Traditionally, red earthenware clay is covered with a tin-based opaque white glaze and colorants are painted on the raw glazed surface. But forget all about that, because in this fun workshop we shall create “VisArts Majolica”!
Students will decorate bisqued work using traditional Majolica techniques using VisArts mid-range opaque white glazes with underglaze decoration. Designs are painted directly on the dry glaze surface maintaining their line quality when fired and melted into the surface. Please bring your good brushes and design ideas and bisqued pots.We will provide some test tile for you to perfect your work; this is a technique you will be happy to add to your surface decoration skill set.