Colourful Owl Cat
‘Colourful Owl Cat’ by Agalis Manessi – a handmade ceramic cat figurine, made from terracotta that has been decorated in a colourful “Maiolica” glaze. A one-off decorative piece.Read More
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Vibrantly patterned, Agalis’s 'Owl Cat' is a lively imagined creature. Agalis Manessi’s figurines are inspired by everything from Fauvist paintings to Renaissance frescoes.
Made using a process called 'Maiolica', Agalis uses her figures as a canvas and applies a variety of metal oxides, including copper, vanadium and manganese. Each oxide is expertly applied onto the red terracotta body before being fired to create painterly hues.
About Agalis Manessi
Agalis Manessi creates a range of ceramics in the rich historical medium of ‘Maiolica’ – a ceramic process developed over five hundred years ago. The red terracotta clay is dipped in an earthenware glaze into which tin oxide has been added to create a white opaque glossy surface when fired. Before firing, the glaze is painted with a range of metal oxides that are absorbed like fresco, brilliantly preserving the colours. Agalis creates whimsical ceramic creatures, striving for a poetic simplicity. The modelled animals and figures take on an animated nature, communicating silently yet eloquently some kind of message to the viewer.
Terracotta, Tin oxide glaze, metal oxide glaze,
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