Friday, March 22, 2013

Lave émaillée

Pediment in enamelled lava, Church of Saint-Laurent, Église Saint-Laurent, Paris
Pediment in lave émaillée (enamelled lava) by Paul Balze
Church of Saint-Laurent (Église Saint-Laurent)
Boulevard de Strasbourg / Boulevard de Magenta, 10e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“The adhesion of the enamel on the lava is total: after firing they become one indivisible body. On the enamelled surface a slight and uniform crazing appears (the craquelle, a similar effect to that on porcelain). It is an inevitable and characteristic feature, caused by the difference in dilatation between the enamel and stone during firing which does not affect colours or images and gives enamelled lava its natural ‘handcrafted’ aspect.”
(Enamelled Lava, Signs and Lava)

4 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Rare in France. This church needs a bit of a clean...

cieldequimper said...

Sorry, cleaning...

crocrodyl said...

Beautiful.

tapirgal said...

Beautifully photographed!