The ceramic decorated with metallic lusterware reduction technique has ancient origins: the first objects, in Europe, came from ancient Persia. The technique was spread in Spain during the Arabic domination and afterwards in Central Italy at the beginning of the XVI century, with the use of stanniferous glaze (maiolica). After sinking in oblivion for about two hundred years, ceramic became again object of study and research; it was studied in its technique and “secrets” that have always been the basis of processing. The same timeless secrets which allowed Andrea & Pierbattista De Piazza to create and make their own lusterware ceramics, in their artistic workshop in Grosio, Via Alfieri 6.
The whole process is the result of years of experimentation and research.
Clay acquires a fragile solidity of form and a name, the earthware, at 980°C, after kiln firing for 12 hours; after glaze application, there is a second kiln firing at 920°C for further 10 hours. It is in the stage of reduction that molecules, nobilitate as deprived of oxygen, are brought back to life; then they aggregate again as elements and finally shine.