Majolica is a decorated tin-glazed earthenware, low fired and decorated over an opaque tin oxide glaze. The firing temperatures allow for the brilliance of colors, however they also contribute to fragility. This ware descends from throughout the Mediterranean basin, a region which enjoys a warm climate and arid terrain. This is traditionally a region where fuel sources were limited, prohibiting the production of more resilient wares such as porcelain or stonewares which require much higher firing temperatures. The typical firing range for this type of ceramic is Cone 06 to Cone 03.