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1. A paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application.
2. The art of painting with this substance.
3. A painting produced with the use of this substance.

[Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein, enkau-, to paint in encaustic : en-, in; see en-2 + kaiein, to burn.]
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(ɪnˈkɒstɪk) ceramics
(Ceramics) decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
1. (Ceramics) the process of burning in colours
2. (Ceramics) a product of such a process
[C17: from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from kaiein to burn]
enˈcaustically adv
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(ɛnˈkɔ stɪk)

1. painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
2. a work of art produced by an encaustic process.
[1650–60; < Latin encausticus < Greek enkaustikós literally, for burning in (compare enkaíein to paint in this manner, literally, to burn in). See en-2, caustic]
en•caus′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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The process of burning-in colors, particularly through inlaying colored clays, and by fusing or burning wax colors into the surface of ceramics.
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Noun1.encaustic - a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application
paint, pigment - a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating; "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"
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Avoiding the popular "Wolfe collection," whose anecdotic canvases filled one of the main galleries of the queer wilderness of cast-iron and encaustic tiles known as the Metropolitan Museum, they had wandered down a passage to the room where the "Cesnola antiquities" mouldered in unvisited loneliness.
They explore his way of working and learn about the ancient technique of encaustic painting.
The hall is justifiably proud of the Great Hall (the world's biggest barrel vaulted ceiling when built), the 7,737 piped Willis organ (the world's biggest organ when built), and the best example of an encaustic tiled Minton floor in the world, all encased in the world's first commercially air conditioned building.
Wax or the encaustic technique is one of the few activities not contained in the book.
The Cape Cod Museum of Art will host "Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic" beginning May 18, focusing on the medium that uses finely ground pigments suspended in beeswax.
She will give a demonstration on using encaustic medium from 6 p.m.
HUDDERSFIELD Art Society has again mounted an excellent annual exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, with a wide variety of subject matter and media - this time including works in photoshop and encaustic wax.
My quasi detachment from these reliefs--they are much more reliefs than sculpture--is heightened by the memory of the blinding enthusiasm that greeted the original encaustic flags, targets, gridded numbers, and alphabets that, at midcentury, established the territory this new work still mines.
The replacement of the floor comprised in total more than 700 square metres of hand-made encaustic floor tiles.
The William & Joseph Gallery featured Richard Potter and his contemporary encaustics on panel in a one-man exhibition titled "The Evolution of the Vessel." Pieces included in the exhibition focused on mixed-media creations of encaustic, gauze, fabrics and plaster on panel and explored the concept of the vessel.
"They were encaustic tiles, which meant the clay itself was coloured, as opposed to a colour being fired on to the surface.
Limited excavations carried out in the early 1900s revealed finds of international importance including encaustic floor tiles, which are kept at the British Museum.