Definition of barbotine in English:



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

    [as modifier] ‘barbotine decoration’
    ‘the barbotine method’
    • ‘In barbotine work, the decoration was either of the same or of a different colour from that of the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The upper wall has barbotine decoration in the form of leaf scrolls on both sides running from handle to handle.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: from French.