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amulet 2Egyptian faience (also known as Egyptian paste) is the oldest known type of glazed ceramic. These first-known glass-type beads were made from clay, but with a thin, lustrous glass coating. The art was first developed more than 6000 years ago in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and elsewhere in the ancient world. Faience is known for its bright colors, especially shades of turquoise, blue and green. The symbolism of the blue glaze in these beads may have signified the Nile and the waters of Heaven; the green tones evoking images of regeneration, rebirth and vegetation.

Such beads and can vary widey in appearance, from glossy and translucent to matt and opaque. The material was a precursor to glazed-clay-based ceramics, such as earthenware and stoneware, and also to glass, which was invented around 2500 BC.

egyptian faience talisman necklaceEgyptian faience was used in most forms of ancient Egyptian jewelry, and also in the creation of small statues and other figures. It was the most common material for scarabs and other types of amulets. Egyptian bead-makers often worked under the patronage of kings or priests. They used sophisticated techniques and an incredible variety of precious materials to create stunning beaded jewelry which was worn as an expression of status and hierarchy.

Faience has been referred to as the first high-technology ceramic. A typical faience mixture is thick at first, and then becomes soft and flowing as it is being formed. It is hypothesized that modeling, scraping and grinding were the techniques most widely used in earlier times. Beads, amulets and finger rings were produced by a combination of modeling and molding techniques. A variety of glazing techniques were used, resulting in distinctive lusters.

Ancient workshops have been discovered via modern excavations. Square furnace-like structures and molds have been found, particularly near areas inhabited by royalty.

Some modern artists are making their own faience bodies and glazes, firing pieces one or more times. I’ve provided a few examples of folks on Etsy working with faience – works featured, from top to bottom, are:

egyptian clay beadsBijouxWalla’s hand-forged copper pendant with Egyptian Faience and Ancient Glass & Stone;
FirstAgeSilver’s stacked stone amulet, and
OnStoneAvenues’ Egyptian Faience Beetle, clay and stone creation.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little summary of Egyptian Faience, and that you’ll tell us about it if you decide to dabble in this approach! Also, if you liked this post, you might also like:

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