“The secrets of glazing” Follow Lesson no. 3 by Maestro Servadei

lesson N°3

From terracotta to glazing

Now that we have created the Corona and kilned it, the time has come to fully glaze it. The terracotta base form is coated in white, providing a uniform base to which the colours are applied.

Faenza and glazing

Glazing is a key part of a world of traditions stretching back over six centuries. The vitreous coating contains tin and silica. Faenza is Italy's capital and centre of excellence for this art, proudly representing the good name of Made in Italy practices worldwide. At the Ceramica Gatti 1928 establishments, the Corona is once more dipped into the glazing, by hand. This is the way it's always been done!

The work is carried out rapidly and with precision. The kilned item seamlessly absorbs the perfectly uniform layer of glaze.

The rules for finishing the Corona

The Corona, has been glazed but the coating is still fresh. It is placed on a sponge dampened with water. Here, the foot, at the bottom of the object, is cleaned. The work, left alone for a while, dries. The drops in excess are removed using a metallic utensil. The structure's hollowed out parts are finished with great precision, and the layers of glaze that are incomplete after the initial dipping are filled in. Only then will the surface be completely smooth also for the parts hollowed out and the harder to reach parts.

After the glaze finishing stage, the Corona is ready for colouring.

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ceramic art course

In 6 lessons, Davide Servadei shows us how to turn earth into artistic earthenware of the first order.

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  • 12_01_2015 12_01_2015
  • 19_01_2015 19_01_2015
  • 26_01_2015 26_01_2015
  • 02_02_2015 02_02_2015
  • 09_02_2015 09_02_2015
  • 16_02_2015 16_02_2015

Lesson n° 1

Studying the object you wish to create. Choosing the right clay to make the ceramic Corona (crown).

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Lesson n° 2

The wheel, and the top-class manual skills you need to create unique forms. How to create the base, and the details of the Corona. Getting kiln firing just right!

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Lesson n° 3

From terracotta to majolica. How to glaze and finish objects after kiln firing.

Lesson n° 4

Manual decoration. Creating the perfect colours and the techniques that bring out each and every nuance.

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Lesson n° 5

How to fix the colours and add gloss to the Corona. Applying iridescence and detailed gilding work. Final kiln firing and the finished Corona.

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Lesson n° 6

The reflection technique. The secrets of the Ceramica Gatti 1928 firm and its extraordinarily unique products.

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