Raynaud's know-how

The magic of white gold

Porcelain

To obtain fine, white porcelain, the craftsmen of Maison Raynaud use rare know-how handed down from master to student since the founding of the manufacture. From hand to hand, the material passes from a crumbly and fragile state to this ringing, translucent and vitrified material which enchants tables.

It all starts in the modeling workshop, which works closely with the design team and hand-sculpts the original models of the new pieces from a drawing. The workshop, the place where models and old pieces are kept, is steeped in the past and lends itself to daydreaming and creativity. The making of an object begins with the making of a mold sculpted in plaster. It will only be used about 40 times, thus ensuring fidelity to the original model.
Kaolin

Porcelain paste, composed of 50% kaolin, the purest and of the best quality in the world, is the raw material common to all the pieces, whether they are obtained by casting, grading or pressing.

Shaping

Handles, buttons, or even pouring spouts are applied by hand by gluing with the slip (liquid paste) on cups, teapots, soup tureens ... We wait a few minutes before tightening which consists of removing the excess slip around the point lift-off. These operations are particularly delicate because porcelain has memory and each pressure that is too strong with the hand will be forever inscribed at the heart of the material. At Raynaud's, the precision of the gesture is such that the point of bonding must become invisible, as if the cup and its handle had been molded together.

Deburring is also a crucial manual finishing step. It consists of erasing the "seams" left by the molds and then cleaning the parts with a sponge to ensure their smoothness and sharpness.

The cooking

The first firing of the pieces at 950 ° C, which is called "smart", solidifies them while making them porous and receptive to enamel. Enamelling involves impregnating and covering the object with a layer of enamel, by soaking in a liquid bath finely dosed with mineral components. Even today, all the shaped pieces in the Raynaud collection are enamelled by hand. The gesture must be precise, because it depends on the thickness of the glaze deposited on each piece.

Then "grand feu" cooking at 1400 ° C vitrifies the room and gives it all its brilliance, whiteness and transparency.

The refinement of the decor

The decoration

The decoration of the rooms uses rare skills that are the pride of Maison Raynaud.

Many decorations in the collection use the chromolithography process. The decor is printed and then placed by hand on each piece by craftsmen whose dexterity ensures perfect positioning on the shapes and relief of the pieces. The fittings are especially delicate for certain patterns, such as treasure braiding. At the handles, the chromo is cut by the craftsman to be placed all around. Raynaud is particularly demanding and never renounces these sophisticated, long and meticulous operations necessary for the development of a high-quality and visually perfect product.

Hand painting

Hand painting is also a precious know-how of Maison Raynaud, whose painters are considered true artists. The nets on the edges of the plates, the handles or the buttons of the shaped pieces are entrusted to their expert hands. The gold or platinum decorations are then sandblasted to obtain this matt and polished effect, characteristic of the Maison's decorations.

The Prestige collection

The decorations of the Prestige collection also appeal to the talent of painters. Relief patterns are enhanced with a brush with "relief paste" then, after drying, are painted in different colors or are powdered with pure gold or platinum. Finally, inlaying, an extremely luxurious decoration process mastered by few manufacturers in the world, involves a large number of operations with specific know-how.

After decoration, the pieces are fired in the tunnel oven at different temperatures, depending on the colors and the decoration technique used. The firing temperature varies from 800 ° C ("low fire" firing) for hand painted pieces to 1200 ° C ("high firing" firing) for certain decorations. At this very high temperature, the enamel begins to soften and mixes with the colors of the chromo, which guarantees a great resistance of the decoration and safe use of the dishwasher.

Made in Limoges

Raynaud is proud to be one of the first porcelain makers to have obtained in July 2018 its certification IG (Geographical Indication) Porcelaine de Limoges from the accredited control body, which verifies compliance with the IG specifications. , and to appear on the list of officially certified operators.

Only porcelain products that are entirely manufactured, that is to say manufactured and decorated in the geographical area, which is the department of Haute-Vienne, respecting the specifications, are covered by the GI and benefit from the appellation "Porcelaine de Limoges".

The GI is an official sign of quality, which guarantees consumers the origin of products, it helps to protect and preserve our local industrial and artisanal know-how.

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