The Merchant's Table

Maiolica Delft Plate Workshop with Matilda Moreton


POLYCHROME DELFTWARE WORKSHOP with Matilda Moreton. Following on from our popular Delft tile and plate painting workshop, in which we only used cobalt blue, Matilda is now working with on-glaze painting using a range of colours for autumn. She will use the colours of Italian maiolica or early English polychrome delftware that were used in the late 1600s and early 1700s, before the more famous blue and white china was made in Delft. Cobalt oxide will be used to map out the design and then add highlights of underglaze colours in turquoise blue, yellow, ochre, brown and green - all colours typical of polychrome delftware.

- Learn from a selection of historic pieces, books, photographs and colourful fragments of early delftware pottery from the Thames foreshore. Look at Italian maiolica and its influence on early Flemish and English “galliware” (later called Delftware)
- Sketch in pencil and then paint your ideas onto paper with watercolours. Experiment with different colour combinations and mark making and practice brush control.
- Paint your design
onto a tin-glazed plate.

You are very welcome to bring inspiration of your own along and you may find it helpful to consider what you wish to paint in preparation for the workshop.

All materials and firing costs are included and the work will be returned to you a week after the workshop.

Choose a morning or afternoon workshop

Saturday 30th September 10.30am - 1pm

Saturday 30th September 2.30pm - 5pm

The ceramic process is a demanding alchemy. We hope to achieve wonderful results but these cannot be taken for granted and nothing is certain until we open the kiln after the firing. 

Matilda’s Instagram @matildamoreton

Perhaps this workshop could be an excellent excuse to make a weekend in our beloved Suffolk, with the wonderful array of accommodation and exceptional food! 

A few of our favourites...The Greyhound in Pettistree, The Suffolk in Aldeburgh, Five Acre Barn in Aldringham, Husk in Thorington, The Unruly PigThe Canteen at Southwold and The Sorrel Horse in Shottisham.

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Suffolk IP12 1DH

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