“Applying lustres and gilding” Follow Lesson no. 5 by Maestro Servadei

lesson N°5

A richly gilded and lustred crown!

We're now at the final stages of the Corona. The finishing touch consists in the adornments. Davide walks us through the process. He provides a detailed description of the movements required to apply lustre to the entire surface: this is a transparent material that, following the kilning, produces delicately pleasing mother-of-pearl shades most suitable for detail work.

Notes on the Gatti logo

Generally speaking, marks are added when the work is over. The name and logo of the Ceramica Gatti 1928 workshop are not added when the work's done. Before the gilding, the crown is turned around and the workshop signature is added using a fine-tipped brush. This is just one of the many aspects of the job (small but anything but minor!) that reflect our unflagging attention to detail!

Perfect gilding

Davide shows us exactly how gilding the Corona is carried out. For perfect results, the borders of the coloured inserts must be set out so that there is no overlay or excess material or flash. Then, by applying the brushwork cross-wise and most carefully, the gold is very carefully applied to the middle of the area, one coat after another. For the internal part, the Corona is instead placed on a manually operated wheel. The object rotates under the brush for a perfect finish. The Corona is then kilned for the last time.

Back in the oven again, set to 720 degrees, the organic parts undergo a process of gradual transformation until the final firmness of consistency is attained. The finished Corona is then removed from the kiln.

The value of the artisan's work

Letting others know about ones craft activities has become increasingly important. Customers must learn about what goes into a product. They must learn about the work, and the dedication and skills involved, which must be duly documented and archived. This fosters an awareness of Italian excellence worldwide.

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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.

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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.

Lesson n° 6

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

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