The work of the creation is highly specialized. Starting from a sample, the modeler works on each object until be reaches the exact same shape and dimensions. Except for the electric foot, not too much has changed since the sexteenth century. Still today attaching handles to objects like mugs or pitchers is a work mainly made by women with extreme delicacy and patience. Once modeled, the object gets accurately cleaned so that every imperfection is washed away. Not all shapes can be made on the lathe, so we also use plaster molds to create flat shapes like plates.
After 24 hours of drying, the object is ready for decoration, made using the ancient method of “spolvero”. The design is reported on sheets of tissue paper and then perforated with very fine holes. After the sheet is placed on the enameled object and beaten with a small bag filled with charcoal powder so that traces one left are left on the object to be followed by the brush. After the edged have been made, we pass on to the phase of “spruzzo” during which we spray a crystalline patine over the painted object. Crystalline is a vitrifying substance that vitrifies melting during the second firing and makes colors brilliant. All the products and colors we use are lead free and also meet California regulations (PROP65).
The second firing is at about 900°C for 12 hours, even if the entire cycle including cooling down takes about 24 hours. During this firing, glaze, colors and crystalline melt together to have the product ready for the daily use. After the firing and the quality check each piece is packed carefully on by one.