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About Lisa Katzenstein
For the potters amongst you my pieces are slip-cast or press moulded white earthenware with hand painted 'tin-glaze' decoration. In this technique you paint on top of the glaze prior to firing. This has a long history in Europe: originally it was developed to imitate Chinese porcelain, and the ware was called by different names depending on where it was made. It was known as 'Majolica' (or 'Maolica') in Spain and Italy, 'Faience' in France and 'Deft' in Holland.
Where my work differs from traditional Majolica is in the way I employ it as a medium for painting in its own right. I use wax resist and 'Scraffitto' techniques that inlay the colours of the lines of my design, as in etching. I see my pots as paintings which also happen to be functional vases.
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