Majolica Decoration – DVD
Creating Colorful Surfaces with Linda Arbuckle
Nothing beats majolica when you’re looking for a way to add color to your surfaces. This centuries-old low-temperature onglaze decorating technique, which began in the Middle East centuries ago, is seeing a renaissance among potters today. Linda Arbuckle, a long-time practitioner, has dedicated years to the study and perfection of majolica and brings the process into 21st century. In this DVD, you’ll learn about the background, materials, tools, tips and techniques you need to get started. Through a series of easy-to-follow demonstrations, Linda guides you step-by-step through the entire decorating process.
Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes — 2 discs
A solid background
Majolica is a decorating technique that requires an understanding of the materials and the tools before you can be successful with the technique, and Linda is an expert with both. From getting the right base glaze and colorants to selecting and using the correct brushes, you’ll benefit from her years of experience and experimentation.
Every step covered
Once you understand your materials and tools, Linda leads you through the glazing procedure beginning with how to prepare your pots for glazing. She also discusses the importance of planning your design work and encourages the use of sketchbooks prior to placing your first stroke on the pot. One interesting aspect of the DVD is the section on brushwork—the kinds of brushes, the types of strokes, and even how to load them for different special effects.
There are several reasons why majolica glazing is so popular. First of all, the glaze is viscous so your decoration does not move when fired meaning your brushwork remains crisp. Second, the base glaze can be thick, which will cover small imperfections on the clay surface (an advantage for a lot of us!). And third, because you’re just laying color on the surface, you use fewer materials because all you need is a thin wash.
Projects to practice
The best way to learn majolica is to try it out. Linda leads you through a series of decorating projects. Instead of just diving right in and leaving you lost, she discusses the planning and considerations of form you need to address, and also includes information on design and color choices. As you progress through each project, you’ll gain the confidence you need to come up with your own ideas for your work.
About Linda Arbuckle
A longtime practitioner of the majolica process, Linda Arbuckle is also a professor at the University of Florida. Her work has been recognized through an Artists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Florida Individual Artists’ Fellowship. She has participated in artist residencies in Wales and the People’s Republic of China, and has been a faculty presenter at such well-respected craft schools as Penland, Arrowmont, Haystack and the Archie Bray Foundation, to name a few. Her work appears in museum collections worldwide and she has been featured in numerous books and magazines.