Daniela Johnson was born and raised in Italy.
She has been drawing and painting since childhood. Her most recent drawings are inspired by beautiful places both in the US and in Italy. Her Preferred media are watercolor, colored pencils and pastels, often used together on the same piece.
Ms. Johnson learned how to make Italian majolica in Deruta, Italy, where the local craftspeople have been making this kind of earthenware for centuries.
Daniela's majolica is lead free functional earthenware, hand thrown and brightly decorated for the use in the home and the joy of the eyes.
The artist’s technique and designs follow the teachings of the Italian tradition while her personal touch is also revealed.
Original pieces are currently sold in Mills Creek Natural Market in Charlestown, RI.
About Italian majolica:
The first Italian majolica findings date back to the thirteenth century Italy - decorated earthenware had started in 9th century Baghdad and had reached Italy through Majorca, Spain (hence the name “maiolica”, in Italian). During the Renaissance Italian artists elevated simple pottery to the art form that we know and love today, functional shapes used as a canvas to display the most intricate and colorful designs.