Coffee and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

Vitreous enamel is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1380 and 1560 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal. Vitreous enamel has many excellent properties: it is smooth, hard, chemically resistant, durable, scratch resistant, long-lasting colour fastness, easy-to-clean, and cannot burn. Enamel is glass, not paint, so it does not fade with UV light. Its disadvantages are its tendency to crack or chip when the substrate is stressed or bent. Colour in enamel is obtained by the addition of various minerals, often metal oxides cobalt, praseodymium, iron, or neodymium.

These enamel jugs were highly popular in South Africa in the earlier part of the 20th Century, adorning many a household for every-day use. An early 20th Century Enamel pitcher can set one back anywhere between £10 to over £30 (R100.00 to over R300.00) nowadays.

  1. 25th July 2011 – FEATURED in Decorative and Traditional Art
  2. 26th July 2011 – FEATURED in Cups, Mugs & Jugs

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wow! This is lovely, love the soft green colour…….very nostalgic! ;-)

  • While was painting this, it reminded me of my blue and white jug and washbasin that I’ve got stored somewhere, so that’ll be next on my list of nostalgia! Thanks for the fav Liz, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sarah Vernon
    Sarah Vernonover 3 years ago

    I love this, Maree and it’s gone straight to my favourites!
    Sarah

  • Wow Sarah! Thanks for that fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Niki Hilsabeck
    Niki Hilsabeckover 3 years ago

  • Oh wow Niki, this is really GREAT! Thank you for the feature, I’m totally thrilled!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Maree! Well done!!

  • Thanks ever so much Liz, waardeer jou inloer!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 3 years ago

  • Wow Rosalie, this is GREAT news! Thank you for the feature, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 3 years ago

    Beautiful art and congratulations on your features

  • Oh thank you Gilberte, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 1 year ago

    Lovely, great title too! :)

  • He he! Thank you Angie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • And thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 1 year ago

    Lovely rustic charm with gorgeous, simple colours and tones

  • Thanks ever so much Mathilde, appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

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