Suleyman's Garden Tulipere
majolica on terra cotta
Majolica glazes were first developed by Islamic potters in the 9th
century. They were attempting to mimic Chinese porcelain with the locally available earthenware clay coated with an opaque white tin-glaze. Gradually tin-glaze pottery spread across Northern Africa to Morocco and into Spain, Italy, and the rest of Europe, where it reached its artistic height during the Renaissance. The term Majolica (pronounced mayolica) derives from the Spanish Island of Majorca through which Islamic wares were imported to Italy. Faience, Delftware and Tin-glaze are other names for this glaze.
Terry Siebert, Suleyman's Garden Tulipere
I am a potter who likes to paint and has a passion for color. For me, Majolica has been the perfect medium. The white majolica base glaze serves as a canvas for colorful overglaze painting and decoration. The fired glaze is characterized by brilliant, watery colors and a lush surface which has a depth and richness uncommon to most low-fire glazes.
I continue to be inspired by the intricacies of nature and the rich traditions of Majolica pottery. I love the meditative process of immersing myself in nature and sketching my observations. In the studio, I play with the sketches allowing historical influences and the pot form to enter into the design process. I admire the exotic form and ornamentation of Persian ceramics with its highly abstracted, imaginative, plant-derived designs. I also enjoy Spanish luster-ware with its lively, calligraphic brushwork and designs utilizing the interplay of positive and negative space. Ultimately, the process of pottery making is a means of connecting myself to the natural world, other cultures and artists before me, and to those who now find meaning in my work.