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How is the jewellery made?

Making_Jewellery.JPGThe first stage is to shape the porcelain.  It is then dried out and given its first firing in the kiln at around 1000°C.  I then glaze them and depending on the glaze used they will be fired one, two or three more times to anything between 1060°C - 1240°C.  Each firing takes approximately 8 hours and another 10 hours for the kiln to cool down. If it's a glaze firing then I have to resist peeking into the kiln before it is properly cooled as rapid cooling can spoil the glaze.  This can be a challenge as a kiln full of glazed jewellery is truly a wonderful sight!