Maiolica – A Brief History

Maiolica (pronounced my-o-lica) is fired earthenware coated with an opaque tin oxide glaze. It is then hand-painted in vivid colors and beautiful designs and fired twice for durability. Its name is derived from the tiny Isle of Majorca near Spain. But the twice fired earthenware can be traced back to Mesopotamia of the 9th century A.D. arriving in Italy around the 13th century. For generations, Italian Maiolica has captivated and delighted the world with it’s combination of lush color and intricate patterns on pottery for all kinds of uses.

Please keep in mind that slight irregularities are common in hand painted pieces and are considered a sign of the artisans hand.

We hope that you enjoy using these beautiful ad timeless pieces in your home.