The production of each piece takes several hours of professional and artistic manual work.
It all starts with an artistic design of a given shape based on which the plaster form has to be produced. The plaster form is filled with liquid clay. After several hours during which the form soaks up the water and the clay is deposited on the walls, the excess material is poured out, the form is opened and the new shape is carefully taken out. All bumps are removed and the surface is smoothed out using a wet sponge. The piece is then left to dry out and afterwards it goes to a furnace for first burning at a temperature of approximately 850 °C. The clay hardens due to the burning process and creates bisque - a semi-finished stoneware product.
At this stage, is it decorated using the stamp technique. The artists decorating the dishes (mostly women) create the stamps with particular patterns and then use the stamps and brushes to apply colors in various combinations to create a specific pattern or motif. It can take up to several hours to decorate one dish, depending on its size, shape, and the complexity of a pattern.
Handmade stamps for decorating stoneware dishes
Decorated dishes are then immersed into the glaze and burned in a furnace at 1270 °C. This final burning is a magical trick that evaluates all the effort invested in every dish during the previous production steps. The clay sinters (the volume decreases by 10 to 15%) and a transparent, bright, and firm layer of glaze is created on the surface. Colors become more apparent thanks to the burning.
After cooling down from the burning in furnace, every dish is checked for quality. As all products are handmade, there are minor deviations among individual products that make each piece unique, but all products have to meet standard quality requirements. Every end product is labeled with a quality class. An original piece of art and at the same time a fully functional dish is made.