Casting slip (Liquid clay) is poured into plaster molds and allowed to dry. The mold is then split open, revealing and releasing the shaped piece. Molds are created by Wedgwood artisans, many based on original designs dating back to the 18th Century.
Seam mark produced in the molding process are removed, excess clay is cut away and the surface is sponged and smoothed by hand before the piece is ready to be fired.
Unchanged since it was pioneered by Josiah Wedgwood, this process involves hand-pressing damp clay into a plaster mold before teasing it out to reveal a bas relief to be used for ornamentation.
The bas relief is gently applied to the dampened surface of the piece by hand. Wedgwood is renowned for the clarity and detail of its ornamentation.
After another round of fettling and sponging to remove minor imperfections, the piece is fired at up to 2138f for 30 hours cold to cold.
The piece is hand-painted with liquid gold before being fired to set the precious metal. This process is repeated to ensure a lustrous and durable finish.
The components of the piece are checked and assembled to create a stunning final piece.