Floribunda and other Maiolica

“Floribunda” is maiolica glazed terracotta, and is my latest maiolica work, made for the Rose Exhibition at the Lady Franklin Gallery in May 2012. A joint exhibition of the Ceramics Association and the Art Society, our brief was to base our work on Picasso’s Rose Period. My platters were based on a detail from “Boy with a Pipe”, and herald the beginning of a new series of decorative tableware.

I have used maiolica in my studio since the mid 80’s when the late Canadian ceramicist Matthias Ostermann ran his first pottery workshop for the then Tasmanian Potters’ Society. It was a revelation for me to discover ceramic colour and to be able to decorate more freely. I found that the lower firing and use of terracotta suited my painterly style.

From time to time I return to maiolica, using underglazes over a white lead-free glaze. While I sometimes use white earthenware for this work most is terracotta.

Platters, jewellery boxes, mugs, teabowls, rice bowls and noodle bowls feature in my maiolica tableware range.

Some of this work has gold lustre applied before a third firing.