All About Our Suppliers: The Potter’s Workshop

 

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Nothing quite epitomises our love for the cool, colourful and carefully hand crafted quite like our collections of ceramics from the Potter’s Workshop in South Africa.

This accomplished creative hub of around 30 artisans creates tableware using designs deeply rooted in African tradition. Their colour palette bursts with strong reds and yellows, rich earthy oranges and all manner of seductive and uplifting blues and greens. And the artisans’ stunning colour combos, reflective of the flora of their local environment, adorn their collections of cups, mugs, plates, bowls, platters and vases. It takes the highly skilled craftsmen years to develop their own take on The Potter’s workshop distinctive intricate aztec and floral designs. And the results- well they’re as fresh and zingy as tableware can be- created to uplift your mood and brighten your every day.

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The process of creating these vibrant collections is lengthy. It begins when clay is dropped in to a mould which rotates on a jigger machine- the clay is pressed in to shape as it spins. After removal from the mould, seams are visible on the ceramic pieces. These are carefully scraped and then sponged away to create absolute smoothness. These unfired ceramics are carefully painted with their underglazes and 3D colours, giving them their distinctive raised African dots and designs before being fired in a kiln at 900 degrees.

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Each piece is painted with intelligence and sensitivity. Designs & colour combinations vary widely depending on the character of the individual artist – but this is what makes each and every piece crafted at the Potter’s Workshop so special.  The ceramics are finally removed from the kiln, carefully brushed to remove excess dust and dipped in to transparent glaze. They are then packed in to the kilns and re fired to 1170 degrees for a further 3 days. The pieces are finally checked, packed up by a team of highly skilled packers (rarely do we receive pieces broken!) and sent to us here in the UK.

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The Potter’s Workshop is always delighted to discuss bespoke orders. If you would like to talk with us about this please do get in touch: you can either email us at info@ibbidirect.co.uk or call us on 01434 409085.

Our beautiful collections of Potter’s workshop ceramics can be explored by clicking here- our new Spring collection will be arriving in March 2019.

https://www.ibbidirect.co.uk/tableware

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