Workshop

The pottery produces a range of well-crafted domestic ware, colourful and functional.
Our designs are based on what we know best, hand thrown reduction fired stoneware. With inspiration coming from the English country kitchen and using techniques gained from traditional pottery training.

Although there are still large quantities of high quality stoneware clay on Bornholm, it is no longer commercially mined. Therefore we buy stoneware clay from Holland. Other raw materials for glazes come from all over the world.

The forms are hand thrown and placed on the racks to dry, any finishing such as handle’s turning and spouts takes place after approx. one days drying. Handles are either pulled or extruded.
When the ware is completely dry it is biscuit fired to 1000’ C.
This makes the ware more durable, (but still porous) which gives strength during glaze dipping.

The porous biscuit fired ware is then dipped in to a base glaze. Decoration is applied onto the clay or base glaze. A variety of techniques are used to apply the colours including slip trailing and sponging.
The
colours, which are applied directly to the clay, are coated with a wax resist, which repels the glaze when the pots are dipped in base glaze. The bases of the pots are wiped and they are ready for the glaze firing.
Before firing some of the glazes are the same reddish
colour because many contain red iron oxide. However after firing they will become blue, yellow or green.
The glaze firing reaches a much higher temperature than the biscuit firing, about 1280’C. The pots are placed on ceramic shelves with space between them, so they do not stick together.
The temperature of the gas kiln is risen 150’C per hour, making the total firing time 8-9 hour.
During the firing the amount of oxygen present within the kiln, is carefully controlled to give a reduced oxygen atmosphere. This atmosphere achieves the
colours and glaze depths of the final products.

The finished ware is hard, durable and oven and dishwasher prove.

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Paradis keramik, Plantagevej 10, 3730 Nexø, Bornholm, Denmark.