The phases of our processing
In this section we will explain what is behind the creation of our works.
What are the materials, the timing, the various stages of production.
You will understand even better the value of craftsmanship that makes Caltagirone ceramics truly unique.
1) TURNING AND FORMING
The first phase of the processing of our ceramics consists in shaping the clay and this takes place through two important processes: turning and modelling.
2) DRYING AND FIRST FIRING
The second step to be performed after modelling, and which precedes the first firing, is drying. Each piece, after taking shape, is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and only when it is completely dry will it be fired in the kiln for at least 12 hours.
After the first firing, all the pieces are glazed and retouched, taking on a white colour. Once the glazing is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give color and style to the creation.
4) SECOND COOKING
The second firing is the final phase because everything that is fired at the set temperatures acquires sheen and luminosity, therefore the colors and decorations are finally enhanced. In some cases, there will even be a need for a third firing at different temperatures (for example in the case of applications of precious metals such as gold or platinum)
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