Traditionnal shaping

Casting : Cast objects (tea pots, coffee pots, soup tureens, etc...) are produced by pouring porcelain slip inside hollow moulds. After a setting time, which can vary, the slip is deposited by sedimentation on to the walls of the mould. Any excess is then discarded.

Turning : Turned pieces (plates, dishes, cups, etc.) are produced on a lathe, the mould gives the inside shape, and a tool (the profile) determines the thickness of the outside form.

Isostatic pressing : The dry paste, mixed with an additive is injected under pressure between both parts of a mould. Isostatic pressing reduces the manual operations and increases the productivity capacity.

Fixtures : Once the pieces have been formed, the fixtures are added: handles, buttons, spouts, etc. are glued with porcelain slip to the untreated paste. The pieces are then "deburred" to remove the burrs or sea left by the moulds. The operations must be carried out with great care since porcelain is a material with a memory - if too much pressure is applied to a particular area, this zone will be affected permanently.

Firing : The porcelain pieces are then fired for the first time at approximately 1000┬░. This "biscuit baking", as it is known, strengthens the paste and improves its porosity, important in enabling the glaze to bond to the surface.