Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi


ca: MOCA

es: MOCA

Mocha decoration is a technique where a liquid that contains tobacco juice mixed with oxides is applied onto a surface prepared with a coat of wet freshly applied slip. It creates organic patterns, which stay after being fired. Touch the base with a brush full of the mixture and it will spread rapidly outwards in a circular design that grows as more mocha tea is applied to the same place. It creates a fern type pattern as a decoration.

A formula decoration mocha:
10 grs of tabacco (cigars)
100 ml of distilled water
Boil for 15 minutes
Leave it cool, squeeze the tabacco, sieve it and add oxides

Photos and work by Nuria Pié