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Decorate

Shape | Pattern | Manufacture | Decorate

Stencil

All our pottery is stenciled by hand in our pottery here at Aston,
the complexity of the stencil is dependent upon the design, with some using up to 5 separate layers.
Whatever the design the decorating process begins with a selection of carefully designed
stencils that when combined form every design we offer.


Application

Colour is applied with a stippling technique using brushes we have specially developed
for the process of application. All our colour is applied following the biscuit firing but before
the glaze firing, therefore, unlike most transfer based pottery all our designs sit under
the glaze protecting it from all wear and tear indefinitely


Building Layers

As mentioned previously, almost all our stencils are separated into multiple layers.
The design process sets out how a stencil should be arranged in regards to the overall form and
application of colour. During the decorating process, the stencil of a pattern is put together using the
appropriate colours. Above you can see how the decorating process
builds up two of our popular three stage designs.


Finish

With the pattern applied in full to the biscuit ware, to finish off the production process
our pottery must be glazed and then fired for the final time. Here we fire our pottery to
around 1200 degrees, a temperature that provides a considerably more robust finish than most
other earthenware. The glass like sheen that can be seen on all pottery, including ours,
is the result of the glaze firing whereby the liquid we coat our decorated products
in melts to form a tough transparent covering.


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