DANIELLE'S ART TECHNIQUE
Danielle Adjoubel creates all her own designs, colors and glazes each piece by hand. With an extensive range of original artwork, she uses her skill and knowledge to create individual pieces for each client. Danielle is also a specialist in creating high quality reproductions of museum artwork (those allowed to be replicated).
Different types of clay are used depending on the order (porcelain, earthenware, stoneware), and also whether the piece is to be based inside or outdoors. A white coating is frequently added - or even quartz - for an extra white background so that the colors reflect more intensely.
All colors are individually created by Danielle in her own workshop. She uses a uniquely specific combination of pigments which have to be tested to the correct temperature before final application. This work is both delicate and time-consuming. Firing can be anywhere from 760° to 1200°. Each piece of clay reacts in its own way, so the final opening of the kiln is always a stressful experience - delight or disappointment!
One of her most stylish collections is influenced by oriental art – Ottoman, Iznik, Islamic and Persian – with bright colors and designs rooted in the traditions of each style. Tiles and bisques are of handmade earthenware and she utilizes glazed stoneware and lava for areas where pieces need to be water or cold proof.
Danielle's contemporary collection contains a variety of Art Deco, stylish ceramic and porcelain pieces with exquisite decoration on fine white porcelain from Limoges, France. She is one of only a few individuals still working in the beautiful and unpredictable field of lustreware...to stunning effect.
WHAT IS IZNIK?
Iznik Art is a style and way of life depicting imaginative and stylised flowers (e.g. iznik tulips), animals, ships and other natural themes. Its intricate lines require the maintenance of both rigour and perfection, demanding exquisite still and dexterity together with artistic flair. Iznik art was born in Ottoman Turkey (XV – XVIII centuries) when the empire was at peace, and artists from across the world were invited to come and work at the Sultan's Court. Potters and ceramic artists started practising this art in the ancient city of Nicea (known as Iznik today).
The Iznik style and methods of decoration evolved slowly over time. The meticulous research into colours; the whiteness of the clay; the motives and the freedom given to artists in their designs- all of this contributed to make Iznik Art one of the major cultural movements of all time. Due to the intricate firing process and unique chemical reactions in the kiln, creating each piece of Iznik ceramics is always a challenge!