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At the workshop
Once inspiration is found, a model piece is made in plaster on the wheel.
From this model piece, a first mold in plaster is made.
In order to judge the final rendering of the piece, a prototype is cast in this mold.
Once these prototypes have been validated, manufacturing tools are produced:
- A matrix mold is drawn from the first mold. It can be made of plaster or silicone.
- The manufacturing molds that will be used by the manufacture are all cast in plaster on the matrix mold. (They are the exact replica of the first mold)
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At the manufacture in Limoges
Porcelain is a "memory form" clay, which is why it is necessary to be extremely careful, attentive and delicate, because if a blow, even a light one, is inflicted to the piece, it will be deformed during the firing at high temperature.
The pieces are dried and then heated for the first time at 980° celsius, this step is called bisque-firing.
After the first heating, the pieces are dipped one by one in a glaze bath which gives the porcelain biscuit its glazed aspect.
Firing at high temperature: the pieces are heated again at 1400° celsius. It is at this temperature that the porcelain reveals its transparency, its whiteness and its solidity. The parts are ready to be used daily (they are dishwasher microwave, and oven safe).