Definition of barbotine in English:



mass noun
  • Slip (liquid clay) used to decorate pottery.

    as modifier ‘barbotine decoration’
    ‘the barbotine method’
    • ‘Only a small handful of barbotine pitchers seems to have been made primarily for use with absinthe, most are just general purpose water jugs, even if they have fairly small outlets.’
    • ‘The upper wall has barbotine decoration in the form of leaf scrolls on both sides running from handle to handle.’
    • ‘Another smith, probably Vulcan, appears on a large cream vessel from Ashton, with the figures in low barbotine relief, details being picked out in dark bronze slip.’
    • ‘In barbotine work, the decoration was either of the same or of a different colour from that of the ground.’
    • ‘With grey-green glaze on both the interior and exterior, the decoration en barbotine, the exterior with five vertical bands of conical projections.’
    • ‘Thereafter the excess barbotine becomes diluted in the tank 11 and is discharged through the outlet 30 in order to be regenerated and recycled.’
    • ‘Less ambitious barbotine wares occur in the Danubian areas (especially Bulgaria) and in Egypt.’
    • ‘A very colorful barbotine pitcher from the earthenware majolica factory of Monaco with floral motifs and a snake handle.’
    • ‘After a few days, one withdraws the barbotine surplus to find the clearness of the drawing, it is the most critical phase.’
    • ‘Plastic clay was used for the earlier barbotine tiles as it may have been thought that the design may well not adhere well to a dust-pressed body after firing.’
    • ‘The white slip was applied using the barbotine technique: liquid clay or slip was applied to the surface of the vase by squeezing it through a nozzle from a bag.’


Mid 19th century: from French.