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Decorated by hand
Our design department creates the shape of the piece. A plaster model is then made by our moulding workshop.
This model will help create the mould, a hollow plaster cast in which a liquid clay is poured. The mould’s plaster will draw the water from the mixture in contact with its sides and a “crust” will form. We then wait for the crust’s thickness to reach 7/8 mm and then we turn the mould upside-down to remove the remaining liquid clay.
The piece is allowed to dry for 4/5 hours, then it is taken out of the mould and let to dry for 24 hours. Workers in the finishing department will then remove the joint marks and other imperfections.
The piece is then fired at 1050°C (1920°F) overnight. This white terra cotta is then called bisk.
The bisk is printed with a black ink line that reproduces the decor.
Each section created by the black line is then filled up by hand with a mix of glaze and coloured oxides, using a drop-to-drop technique. The glaze drop dries almost on contact, and it is therefore impossible to “paint” the piece. The result can only be achieved by pushing each drop next to the other. The piece is filled up completely by the same craftsman.
Once the piece is completely filled up, it is fired at 750°C (1380°F) overnight. Most of the pieces need to be touched up, and they need to be fired again at the same temperature. Then the gold is painted on the piece that has to be fired again, this time at 650°C (1200°F).
Burnt sienna mixed with water is then applied on the piece to reveal the crackles.