How to make pottery
Modeling the clay
Clay is mixed to water and model into a precise shape according to what we want to create, such as vases, plates, mugs and so on. For modeling the clay the artist can use his hands or a potter's wheel or other specialized tools.
Then the clay shaped needs to dry or to be cooked for about 9 hours. In our workshop you can see red clay and white clay.
The glazing processIn order to have maiolica the clay should be glazed by being immersed into a special bath of glaze. This process transforms the clay into a shiny waterproof pottery that can be used for cooking and eating, as well as decorations.
The decorationAfter modeling and glazing the clay it's time to decorate! This is the most fun part. To decorate pottery you need special colors and lots of fantasy. The colors are opaque and can't be touched until they're baked. As a matter of fact they look like dust on pottery and are going to be fixed by the high temperatures.
For decorating we take inspiration from the classic pottery decorations of Montelupo.