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Why In Design Column- the Beautiful Majolica Earthenware

THE WHY IN DESIGN: MAJOLICA EARTHENWARE Majolica is a colorful and bold pottery first formally produced in Staffordshire, England beginning around 1850. Its name was taken from the earlier tin-glazed Majolica ware made in Italy and Spain in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Majolica pitchers and tea sets were made in various shapes, from fish to cauliflowers. Umbrella stands and fountains are the most voluminous and available. This brightly colored, coarse tin-glazed earthenware became very popular during the Victorian era in England.  The process of making Majolica consists of first firing a piece of earthenware, then applying tin enamel and upon drying it forms a white opaque porous surface. The lead and tin glazed process begins with creating an opaque white film that is painted on the porous surface.  While attending Parsons School of Design, I worked at a lovely antique store on Lexington Avenue that had an extensive collection of Majolica, specifically English pieces. It

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