Course Description

Majolica: Whimsical Pottery of the 19th Century | Examine the tin-glazed earthenware known as majolica wares. Known for strong vibrant coloration and the usage of flora, animals and fruits, this art pottery seems to encapsulate a vanishing countryside as industrialization was overtaking Great Britain and the U.S. in the late 19th century. Discover its renewed interest in the 1960-80 period and landmark publications on the subject in the 21st century. $71 includes $28 fee. Note: Morning lecture is followed by tour in Baltimore of majolica, particularly those majolica wares in the Walters Art Gallery exhibition “Majolica Mania.”

Learner Outcomes

Articulate the origins of majolica, its composition as a tin glazed earthenware, and describe its characteristics from other types of pottery. Compare and contrast Renaissance examples from 19th century English examples of pottery, and list the production differences. Identify distinguishing shapes, designs, and motifs used in the late 19th century majolica wares, and name examples of their origin. Describe how the US potteries were influenced, the reason for an influx of British potters, and the variations of designs created by US art potteries. Critique the ceramics and discuss examples of how the ceramic shapes and forms would be used when introduced to America in 1876.
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