Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

HISPANO-MORESQUE WARE

ca: HISPANO-MORISQUES CERÀMICA

es: HISPANO-MORISCAS CERÁMICA

Hispano –Moresque is a name given to two methods; Luster and Majolica, because they came to Spain through the Moorish occupation. The Moors brought two methods of decorating ceramics that when fired look very similar, but the way of working is completely different.

Lustre is bisque, fired clay, covered with an opaque glaze-base that is fired, then decorated with colors made up from precious metals and fired again at between 700º and 800º C. Read more about: On-Glaze

Majolica is bisque, fired clay, covered with an opaque glaze-base and decorated. Both are fired together integrating the colors. They were made originally for the rich ruling classes but Majolica was more economical and became a more popular product.
Read more about: In-glaze

Read more about: Lustre / Majolica: 2a – History / Majolica: 2b – History in Spain