Matilde Argiolas is one of the finest Italian porcelain painters that practices a traditional technique called ‘cotture terzo fuoco ‘third fire cooking’ that has been used since the 1700s. This technique uses low-temperature burning resulting in the most varied and specific color shades that ensure the smallest of details come through in the final result. In this way, she is much like an alchemist, mixing colored pigments and metal oxides to create the perfect color combinations to compliment her carefully created designs. The colors she uses are bright, bold and dense giving a contemporary feeling to a heritage tradition. She has been working in this way for over 30 years, taking inspiration from elements as far ranging as antique fabrics, classic decor, nature, abstract patterns and cultural touchpoints.