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Lustre

Lustre ware has intrigued and fascinated me since I began my career in ceramics.  In that time I have gradually cracked open the secrets of this elusive technique by trial and experience.

The history of lustre ware goes back a thousand years to ancient Egypt and Persia.  In the early twentieth century there was an explosion of interest in lustre exemplified by potters like William de Morgan and the artists working at Pilkingtons and Doulton.

This new range of lusterware continues that tradition combining flambé glazes or with sparkling iridescent lustres. In simple terms, lustre is a thin film of precious metals, notably copper and silver, fired in a reducing atmosphere.  Pieces may have to be fired several times to achieve the effects I am searching for.

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Lustre