“Colouring the earthenware” Follow Lesson no. 4 by Maestro Servadei

lesson N°4

Unique and extremely delicately nuanced colours

Davide says the colours used at the Ceramica Gatti 1928 establishment consist in fairly common, commercially available, glazes. What makes the difference is the ability to draw on traditional skills. The colours are all slightly altered to obtain the characteristic nuances only to be found here. Davide shows us how to slightly alter the red, adding to the glaze a small quantity of 'rocaille' and colouring oxide, thereby creating a distinctively enhanced shade.

This ensures a unique shade of colour that adheres perfectly to the work and dissipates readily.

The colours are prepared in powder form and are then mixed with water. Then, using brushes carefully modified for a finer touch, the colours are applied to the glaze. Davide explains that the problem at this stage concerns the consistency of the glaze, which is still rough and dusty. The glaze adheres to the terracotta only because both surfaces are still very damp. This is where traditional skills come to our aid, with a 'trick of the trade' (a brush with a big 'tank' close to the handle and a very slender tip). This ensures a marked colour continuity without adding too much water to the glaze, which would otherwise tend to fall away and 'erode'. So, the best thing is to always add as little colour as possible everywhere, taking great care over the extremely delicate and unstable surface of the glaze. Applying the colour impeccably, for peerless elegance, requires considerable manual skill.

The crystalline glaze technique

Crystalline glaze, which is transparent, will confer a particular look on all the nuances of colour while also rendering them uniform. This glaze is applied using a special gun. It is applied to all the coloured parts, which have a fine polished and glossy look after kilning.

Before kilning, the Corona had a 'dusty' look, with rather dull colours, but after the kilning the colours are bright, lively and uniform.

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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.

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Lesson n° 4

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

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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