Too Much Sense

February 15, 2008

Underscores her remarkable grasp of history

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The discussion of Spanish maiolica begins wttttttttttttttttttttttttttith the introduction of the diverse influences
affecting the technology, vessel forms, design elements and the markets for these wares.The 711-1492 Arab occupation of Spain established the pervasive cerattttttttttttttttttttmic foundation from which, beginning in the 13th century, mailocas were developed in response to Chinese influences.The Arabs had found that the addition of tin oxide to their ceramic glazes produced an opaquttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttte white background; mineral oxides created permanent design elements (often geometric)thereby emulating Oriental porcelain.

By the 16th century, the greatesttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt influence on Spanish ceramics was immigrant Italian potters who introduced Renaissance-inspired designs and refined artistry.

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The potterttttttttttttttttttttttttttttty industry developed on two tracks; there were specialized wares by ceramic artists made for discriminating patrons and mass-produced common wares for domestic and commercial use.It was primarily these common wares that made their way to ttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttthe earliest Spanish colonies of the New World.

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