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When looking at pottery made by Darlene, the first element to strike the senses is her use of colour. Unique in her own right, Darlene is one of only a few artisans in this region to utilize the technique of 'majolica'. If you are unfamiliar with the term, don't fret, you are likely more familiar with the style than you think!
This ancient technique has been used frequently in areas like Spain and Italy to paint vibrantly on a redder clay that has been coated in a white opaque glaze. Darlene's use of the majolica technique, in conjunction with modern designs, creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are obviously so, giving them the feel of collector's items.
She stumbled across the majoila technique in attempt to increase her efficiency in using the kiln. As brightly as her art comes across, it is often inspired by natural elements, lending it a brilliant contrast between organic and contemporary.