Seven Bloomington maiolica artists are showing work at the Farmer House Museum from Oct. 5 to Dec. 6, 2012. They are leExposition Universelle. Susan Snyder, who learned the tradition and art of maiolica in Faenza, Italy from traditional artisans, and began to share her knowledge with ceramic artists in Bloomington upon her return, by way of England, in the 1990s. “Majolica”, spelled with a “j”, is the word for a 19 century English and French style, that has little to do with the Italian style, except for the use of metal-based glazes. Snyder practices and teaches the original craft of maiolica, which began in Italy in the 1400s. It is a folk style, in which linear designs are painted in bright colors on plates, bowls and other vessels.
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