Mary's Maiolica Arts

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I specialize in a type of ceramic known as maiolica.  Maiolica (or majolica) is a type of low-fire ceramic earthenware covered with an opaque white glaze and decorated with colored pigments. This type of pottery was especially popular in Italy during the Renaissance. My work is based on my research of classic Italian maiolica designs from the 15th and 16th centuries.  I create both original designs incorporating common historic motifs and designs which are copies of Renaissance maiolica museum pieces.  My work is highly detailed and very time consuming. I was inspired to learn maiolica from viewing pieces on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  My work is also influence by my participation in Renaissance re-enactment.


I have been making this type of ceramic since 2000.  I decorate both purchased bisque and my own hand made ceramic vessels. My decorative techniques are primarily self taught.  In 2004, I attended a two day class at Scuola d'Arte Ceramica "Romano Ranieri" in Deruta Italy.  In order to create clay vessels to decorate, I have been taking ceramic instruction at the Craft Guild of Dallas since the fall of 2003.


I have worked as a professional computer programmer for business applications.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A. from Southwest Texas State University in Computer Information Systems.  My formal art training is limited to numerous high school art classes and a college level mechanical drafting class. 


"Classic Italian Maiolica", Popular Ceramics, May/June 2006  

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