A decorative clay slip that is applied to dried, unfired pots to produce a smooth colored surface. Engobe is composed of a dilute clay base with added colored oxides, feldspar, and silica (Mayer 1969).
Synonyms and Related Terms
engobe (Fr., Port.); barbotine (Fr.); slip (Ned.); slip glaze
R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969.
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000