A few weeks ago I had the distinct honor of being invited to visit with Frederic Almaviva of L'Atelier Almaviva, Paris
I have admired Frederic's work for a very long time
"As we use only natural oxides, our ceramics have the same organic nuances as the ancient pieces"
The most talented and the most charming Frederic Almaviva
Forming each tile by hand is one of Frederic's trademarks
Maiolica glaze is poured over once-fired bisque tiles. Pierced paper stencils (spons) and charcoal dust is used to transfer the outline of the design. Maiolica glaze instantly absorbs every stroke of color, making corrections almost impossible. Colors merge, become brilliant and permanent after the tiles are fired to 1,000.00 degrees Celsius (1,832.00 degrees Fahrenheit).
Here Frederic is painting a Portuguese-style, azulejo panel. Transfer of design, using charcoal dust and pierced paper stencils, may have been used by Fresco Painters as early as the 16th century
There are only a handful of companies who specialize in painting ceramics in the Italian Renaissance style
Frederic's Atelier prides itself in "using only manual Renaissance Techniques", often working on restoration projects since "our production closely resembles ancient tiles and old ceramic ware"
The underside of Frederic's hand sculpted tiles are painted, the side which is more irregular, producing the unique appearance for which his work is known throughout the world.
The Almaviva Atelier is a Paris-based studio with workshops located in the South of France
Possibly, Frederic will invite me to his workshop one day...he might even let me paint for a day or two. I would like nothing better.
For more details please visit Frederic's beautiful and informative web site.