We then batch glaze items, which involves dipping, pouring or painting every item carefully by hand in a tub of blue tinted liquid which coats the items, turning them blue and chalky. The glaze is left to dry for a few hours and then each item is inspected carefully and hand smoothed to brush off any drips or bubbles. Our electric kiln is then loaded, piece by piece, layer by layer using an assortment of shelves, pillars, poles and stilts. Once full the kiln is locked and programmed to our pre-set earthenware setting which heats up in ramped intervals to a temperature of 998C over 8 hours and then cools down gradually, to avoid breakages, over another 8 hours before it is cool enough to open and unload.
Fired pieces are glossy and the paint colours are now bold and bright. It is always satisfying to see our customer’s faces light up when they see how their pieces have been transformed. We tissue, bubble wrap and bag up your items so they can be taken home safely.