Italian Pottery production making

The Stages of Processing Sicilian Artistic Ceramics: Preserving a Time-Honored Tradition

Our production process consists of six essential stages: turning, drying, first cooking, glazing, decoration, ageing.

The extreme care for details is devoted to each of these stages. It is the only way we can give our customers unique, matchless and unalterable products.

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Sicilian artistic ceramics are renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and rich cultural heritage. The process of creating these unique pieces involves several stages, each infused with passion, skill, and a deep respect for tradition.

The first stage begins with carefully selecting the finest clay, known for its purity and suitability for ceramics. The clay is then processed, refined, and purified to ensure the quality of the final product. Artisans skillfully shape the clay using traditional hand-molding techniques. Every piece is meticulously crafted, reflecting the artist's creativity and attention to detail. This stage requires precision and expertise to achieve the desired form and design.

The second step is drying our products in a slow, gradual, natural way, without temperature leap. Then, the first cooking takes place by means of electric and gas-fired kilns that heat up to about 1000 degrees.

After that, there is the glazing during which our artefacts acquire a white coloration produced by a mix of oxides and kaolin. Therefore, our items are ready for the decoration and the colours used by our decorators are carefully conceived and realized in our workshop.

The last step deals with a second cooking at about 950 degrees that supplies a shiny crystallization to our products, and the ageing that makes our majolica consistent with typical style of Caltagirone ceramics.

Before reaching the market, each ceramic piece undergoes rigorous quality control checks. Artisans inspect the ceramics, ensuring they meet the highest standards of craftsmanship and beauty. 

The stages of processing Sicilian artistic ceramics exemplify the passion and dedication of the artisans who have preserved this time-honored tradition. From clay preparation to hand-molding, decorating, firing, glazing, and finishing, each step reflects the artisans' commitment to creating exquisite pieces of art. By appreciating and supporting Sicilian artistic ceramics, we contribute to the preservation of this cherished cultural heritage for generations to come.

Here is our production stages video.

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