Mary's Maiolica Arts

Maiolica Materials and Supplies List


This is a basic list of supplies for getting started with painting maiolica using commercially made glazes and underglazes.  Materials can be purchased on line or from a local ceramics supply shop. 

Common Brushes

For use with commercial underglaze, soft watercolor brushes or ceramic brushes are recommended. Liner brushes are best because they hold more pigment.  The following is a list of basic brushes that I recommend .

Duncan brushes can be found online at:
Silver Falcon liner brushes can be found online at:
Dove fan shaped glaze brushes can be found online at:
Ceramic Supplies and banding wheels are available at

Specialty Brushes

The commercial maiolica industry in Italy uses a special type of brush that is not commonly available in the United States.  The bristles on these brushes are trimmed at two different lengths.  It looks like a fine liner brush has been inserted into a fatter round brush.  These brushes are also sometimes called "reservoir" brushes.  The larger part of the brush holds a lot of pigment and feeds it to the tip of the brush like a pen nib.  In the United States, this special brush can be ordered from Dick Blick. The brushes available in the United States are made from a different type of hair than the brushes sold in Italy.

Pouncing Supplies


Colors and Glazes by Hobby Colorobbia


Material Sources

Hobby Colorobbia can be purchase from selected hobby ceramic supply shops.  It can also be purchased online at:
**Please note that the Arctic White is misspelled on this website as "Aitic White"



Bisque Stroke Underglaze - recommended starter set of colors ($2.25 - $4.50 for 1 oz depending on color. Most are under $2.25 or $2.50 for 1 oz. Expensive colors are primarily reds.)

Colors - Florentine Design Glaze

The Florentine glazes can be used in place of the Bisque Stroke Underglazes. While Bisque Stroke Underglazes are opaque, the Florentine glazes are transparent.


Low-fire (cone 04) white bisque works best to start with.  Some terra cotta clays are not compatible with the glazes.  Hand thrown pieces should be sponged after trimming to prevent pinholes in fired wares.

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