- CERAMIC CREATIONS: from clay through the hands. The main steps in the ceramic process, that we realize entirely by hand with local clay and decorated with lead-free glazes and colors, with respect of man and the Earth.
From the clay we create the form. The first phase of ceramics making is to create the form through modeling clay (earth). It may be formed by a variety of methods: wheel, slab, coil, pinch and by freehand. These methods may be combined, or used singly. Before we begin, we need to mixing the clay ('wedging'), to purpose to thoroughly homogenize the clay and to remove all air bubbles. This is particularly important, as the presence of air bubbles in the clay will result in explosions in the kiln.
Drying and first firing ('bisque firing'). After forming, the drying process of the piece begins. The piece must be left to air dry (about 15 days) to lose all the water contained in the clay. When the work has completely dried, we can put it into the kiln for the first firing at 1000 Â° for about 13 hours. The kiln is then turned off and allowed to slowly cool, naturally for dissipation warmth.
Glazing. Now the glaze is applied to the piece (after first firing called 'bisque') by dipping. To prepare the enamel, the powders should be mixed with water and then wait for 24-48 hours. Then mix with a wooden paddle to dissolve the enamel very well and passing it through a sieve.
Decoration. So the pieces are ready for decoration: we paint with a brush by freehand using color powder for ceramic dissolved in water.
Second firing (glaze firing). Once painted we can put the piece into the kiln for the second firing at about 940 Â° (8-10 hours followed by a cooling time of about 24 hours). The high temperature allows the final processing of the ceramic: the mineral powders used for decoration blend together with the enamel and so the ceramic assumes the coloring and brilliance ending (the colors before firing appear very different, for example the blue color seems like purple).
The creation of a ceramic object provides for some different steps of processing, which need maximum foresight to obtain a good result. Being a completely handicraft workmanship, any imperfections that may occur should not be considered defects, but evidence of a unique piece of its kind.