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How to make a beautiful English Bone China Mug

The Cornish clay is mixed with bone ash and delivered to the china factory where it is mixed with 60% water.
This is called slip.

The slip is poured into a plaster mould and left for 15 minutes.

The mould is tipped up and the wet slip is poured away to be re-cycled. The remaining slip is left to dry for a minimum of 15 minutes.

The mould is carefully removed leaving the dried clay shape.

The dried piece is washed and sponged before overnight firing in a gas fired kiln at 1240°C for 11 hours where it shrinks 15% in the firing to produce the biscuit.

It is placed in the vibro machine and vibrated with media which are 100’s of tiny pieces of wood and clay. This smooths the biscuit.  It is checked for any imperfections.

The biscuit is dipped into glaze and foot wiped (wiping the glaze off the bottom of the piece so it does not stick to the kiln when fired)

It is checked and placed onto a large bat (kiln shelf) which is placed into the electric kiln and fired overnight for 9 hours to a temperature of 1080°C. It is now called glost ware.

The glost ware is checked by the grader and sorted.

Any pieces with marks are smoothed off and re-glazed before a final firing.

The plain white glazed china arrives at Susan Rose China. Laminates created from Susan’s designs are put on the china and the rims hand painted.

The china is put in the kiln and fired at 800°C overnight.

The finished china is photographed and packaged and posted out to our valued customers.

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