1. Prototyping

A prototype is sculpted from scratch, either from a sketch or modeled after an example provided by the client. As you can see, it is oversized to account for skrinkage during firing, which is determined by the type of clay used in production.

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2. Work Mold

The first mold, cast from the prototype is called the work mold. Minor alterations can be made at this step to smooth or sharpen contours and details.

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3. Rubber Casing

A rubber casing is made from the work mold. This casing enables us cast multiple molds as needed for the job. This casing will last indefinitely when properly stored.

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4. Production Molds

Multiple molds are created, which lets us to pour multiple molds simultaneously, allowing each casting to set without slowing production.

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5. Casting

Using the clay body selected by the client, all greenware required to fill the order is cast from the production molds.

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6. Detailing

During this critical stage, we carefully remove the mold seams left from casting and smooth the surface by hand before the bisque firing.

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7. Bisque Firing

The first firing is done to a level known as bisque, or partially finished, unglazed ceramic. This strengthens and prepares each piece for the application of glaze.

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8. Glaze and Refire

Following the bisque fire, the pieces are ready for glazing, which is accomplished by hand using various methods. Once glazed, a second firing will set the glaze and complete each piece.

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