Majolica, a tin white glazed earthenware, was first introduced into Italy in the 13th century from Moorish Spain.¬† Italian potters glazed their red ware pottery with a white glaze and used metal oxides to decorate the unfired surface.¬† A thin final coat of clear lead glaze was applied all over the surface to smooth and make the decorations more glossy.¬† The metal oxides gave the Italian decorator a very limited palette to work with, which included cobalt blue, copper green, manganese purple, antimony yellow and iron red.¬†¬†
Majolica Gloss Decorating Colors have been developed specifically to produce the Majolica technique.¬† Each of these can be applied directly over unfired Amaco Opaque White glaze (LG11.)¬† The special formulation means that no clear covering glaze is necessary.¬† Colors will fire glossy and assume the smooth surface of the white base glaze. ¬†
In addition to the Majolica technique, these can be used for over all coverage or to design over the bisque with no additional glaze over or under it.¬† In such cases at least two coats should be used.¬†¬†Fire at Cone 05.¬†¬†
Variations on how these glazes can be used is limited only to the potter's imagination.¬† When used for stoneware, use HF11 White glaze over bisque and follow the same decorating technique as earthenware.¬† Glaze fire to Cone 5.¬† Colors will remain stable at Cone 5 except: #55 will change to Dark Blue, #45 will change to Dark Green, and #64 will change to Light Yellow/Green. ¬†¬†
All are lead free, and have tested dinnerware safe alone and over Amaco LG11.¬† They will also product excellent results when used over most of the LG, F, LM and DG series, but have not been tested for dinnerware safety except with LG11.¬† In liquid form all are AP Non-Toxic.¬† Semi-transparent.