Lisbon – 16th Century Arista Tiles and How to Make Them

In Lisbon with students this week. Lots of ceramics but the tiles are the most obvious. These 16th century tiles are in the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. The majority are the arista type where a moulded raised line separates pools of different coloured glaze.

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Composition of tiles with Islamic motifs. Seville, c.1500-1550. Combination of arista and corda-seca techniques

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Arista tiles. c1500-1550

While walking to the Tuesday market we met a potter called Cristina Pina who makes replicas of period tiles such as these and also does conservation work for the museum. She has a studio at 31 Rua de S.Vicente. 1-DSCF8277 1-DSCF8279 Below is a plaster mould for an arista tile based on one in the museum collection with the design incised into the plaster so that the clay pressing comes out with raised lines. 1-2015-03-10 11.00.26 Once cast and fired for the first time, then glaze is painted into the recesses. Each glaze is kept neatly under control and the design does not require drawing out each time. Below is the result before firing. 1-2015-03-10 10.55.48 And finally, the replica made from the mould above and below it the original tile.

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Arista tile. Cristina Pina, Lisbon, 2014.

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Arista tile – the centre painted with a dog biting his own tail. Seville c.1500-1550.

Thanks to Cristina for her welcome. We bought tiles and pots (she makes good reproduction pottery too). Cerâmica, Azulejaria e Faianças de S.Vicente. Rua S.Vicente 31, Lisboa –

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