Every day, on our table, we can find ceramic product, like plate, mug, jugs, pots, dishes and more, but how are made this ceramic article?
These few lines have no didactic claims and do not intend to exhaust the knowledge in a field so boundless like
Ceramica and Majolica.
Majolica (from Mallorca, where Arabs planted a large production) is made of earth: the earth is the dough that makes up the clay, earth are the glazes and paints, earth are the coloring pigments. The land is the dry and cold element that willingly joins another cold but moist element which is water. Water cleanses the eath, frees it from impure waste, makes it plastic and malleable, suitable for both an artistic will and an industrial need. Such as Porcelain, it undergoes the first firing to become biscuit (750-800 °C) to then be glazed and subjected to a new baking (850-1100 °C); the use of lower temperatures allows the majolica or ceramic to create colors and glazes vibrant and bright.
HOW ARE DIFFERENT CERAMIC OBJECTS ACHIEVED?
The plates and cups are made on a lathe; today they are usually turned with sophisticated automatic equipment.
Coffee pots, jugs, sugar bowls or oval parts are made by casting. Forms of gypsum are used both for turning and casting; this material, in fact, absorbs the water of the wet mass, so that the ceramic body contracts and thus can be easily extracted from the form. This process requires tery “ST. CLAIRE” is made reaching the highest permitted temperatures and this gives our items a brilliance and variety of colors together with strength so that it can be safely used in the dishwasher or microwave, and is very resistant to shocks.
The land and water are then like the substance and the soul of the ceramic, while the other two elements involved in the work, air and fire, are emanations of a spirit that acts on the multiple transformations of matter. To conclude, however, awareness is important that the effect of an ordered relationship of all expressed here is only reached thanks to the work of the final “Protagonist” which must transfer to the consumer all our passion and the “Protagonist” is our customer.