Testing Majolica glazes

There is not much incentive to go out in the garden on a day like today, although the broccoli is proudly showing off its sturdy stalks and the lettuce is screaming, “Eat me now or I’m turning bitter!” It is foggy and cool here across the bay from San Francisco. You can see about 10 feet in front of your face. Well, maybe 20 feet – I may be prone to hyperbole. But gray enough to want to stay inside with a good book or some clay to paint on.

This is my first piece using majolica  with underglazes. I learned that if you paint color on lightly, it may sink into the white and lose some of its color. You can vaguely see how the wash of green around the edge turned to gray. Glaze pencils leave a soft but distinct line.


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