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About Terra Sigillata

   The roots of this technique go way back to the antique times, when terra sigillata achieved its peak and was mainly used for Greek red-figure vase painting. Apart from the European continent, use of fine engobe is noted in ceramic art in America before Columbus. In the centuries to follow, the recipe for clay glaze used to cover the objects made of ceramics was unknown and forgotten. In mid XX century, the research was initiated related to this fine and demanding process and its big comeback to the contemporary art scene can be contributed to the enthusiasm and hard work of technologists and young artists. Use of special types of clay requires careful and fine approach, as well as final polishing and glaze with emulsions of liquid clay, and finishing step of firing and smoking, which make this technique, along with porcelain, one of the most challenging, with corresponding price and demand on the market today.

O tehnici Terra Sigillata

   Koreni ove tehnike dopiru do antike, u kojoj najsjajniji domet dostiže u dekoraciji  grčkih slikanih vaza crvenofiguralnog stila. Osim evropskog kontinenta upotreba fine engobe nalazi svoju paralelu u keramičkoj umetnosti pretkolumbijske Amerike. Vekovima potom receptura za dobijanje zemljane glazure kojom su keramički predmeti bili pokrivani ostala je nepoznata i zaboravljena. Polovinom XX veka, ponovo su  započeta istraživanja na ovom finom i zahtevnom procesu, koji svoj povratak na savremenu umetničku scenu duguje entuzijazmu i napornom radu tehnologa i mladih umetnika. Finoća i zahtevnost izrade, koja obuhvata upotrebu posebne vrste gline, uz završna poliranja te premaze naročito dobijenim emulzijama tečne gline i konačno specijalnim procesom pečenja i dimljenja, svrstava ovu tehniku, pored porcelana, u jednu od najzahtevnijih što se odražava  na potražnju i cenu koju ona danas ima na tržištu.