There is so much work involved in making pottery. Pieces are modeled, moulded, cast or pressed, fettled, bisqued, glazed, fired again, decalled and packed ready to go. To give you an idea of what goes on, I thought it might be nice to show you the early stages of production for our lovely pie dish. We have been making this particular dish in Australia for the past 20 years. Production methods have remained the same over this time.
We use locally sourced clay, cut into long square lengths. The exact size used for the pie is measured and cut.
Donny hard at work, cutting the clay.
The clay piece is placed in the die. The male and female parts join, ‘squashing’ the clay to form the shape.
Excess clay is removed. Air releases the piece onto a board, held by Don.
Ready to be placed on a trolley, dried, fettled, bisque fired, glazed, gloss fired…. and finally
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