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"Majolica", "Valencia" or "Manises" are different names given to the same method of working. Manises is the name of a town in Valencia that became the center for ceramic work in the 14th century and has continued up to today.

What sets the Majolica method apart from other techniques is that the decorating is done in one firing.
On to bisque, already fired clay, a white, opaque, earthenware glaze base is applied.
Then the desired decoration is painted on to the raw glaze base with glaze colors.
The manipulation of the brush and colors are of great importance.
The colors are transparent so the brush strokes of each coat of color can be seen, one color painted on top of another forms a third or forth color.
The light usually comes from the left and to accentuate it, on this side a little of the white glaze base is not painted.
Shading can be the same color painted with different intensities or two different colors that are over lapping, violet with dark brown, yellow with ochre and many others.
When fired the glaze base and colors fuse together, they integrate to form a smooth, vitrified and unbroken surface which gives depth and strength to the colors.

Follow the steps below and this
Majolica decoration should turn out ok for you.
Clean, smooth with sandpaper and dust the bisque.
Put the glaze base over the object to be decorated.
Jar and plates are usually dipped and poured over tiles.
Clean the glaze off the footings of jars and plates and off the backs and edges of tiles.
The design is drawn on transparent paper, flipped over and the lines are pounced.
Pouncing is to prick small pin wholes through the paper following the outlines.
Make a dust bag.
Lay wood ash or vegetable ash in the middle of a small piece of material, pull up the four corners and hold them together with a rubber band.
The pounced design is laid on to the prepared work and the pounced lines are rubbed with the wood ash bag, the ashes pass through the holes and marks the design.
The outlines are painted, the colors are added and the work is fired.

You can never get to second base if you keep your foot on first.

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