Tylman Of Stone.....
Heron cross pottery
How we make our pottery
Today, we still manufacture our pottery in the traditional way.
Raw material clay arrives in 25kg blocks which are then mixed in a blunger with water and chemicals to form liquid clay called slip. Thereafter, it is then poured into plaster moulds and left for approx 40 minutes to dry, during which time water is absorbed by the mould leaving the basic shape of the finished product.
Moulds are then tipped over to drain any excess slip and the resultant piece is gently removed from the mould and left to stand for 7 days. This slow drying (the leather state) is when a skilled craftsperson performs the delicate art of fettling and deseaming, using a scalpel to take away any rough edges leaving a smooth, clay piece. Before being immersed in glaze, it is then delicately sponged and left to dry for another day.
For 10 hours, the piece is then fired in a kiln, reaching temperatures of up to 1145 degrees Celsius, and then slowly cooled before hand decoration commences. Ceramic transfers or lithographs are soaked in water and applied by hand, followed by a further decoration of hand painted precious metal or colour.
The pottery is now ready for its final firing at 810 degrees Celsius, which fuses the decoration into the body of the piece.
After careful quality checks the finished goods are ready for sale to the customer.
We have a good display of the hand crafted pottery from Heron cross with prices starting from
Heron cross cup's from £3.50
Heron cross jug's from £9.50