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Get to know the technology of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, which comprises several centuries of know-how; the steps of manufacturing and decorating porcelain produced using manufactory technology: from raw materials to the final phase, painting. In this chapter we are introducing the phases of hand-made porcelain-making through pictures.

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The raw material
Moulding mix
Moulding
Kaolin is the most important raw material of porcelain manufacturing apart from feldspar and quartz.
From the raw materials, after mixing width water we acquire two kinds of mixes: you can see the pressing of the viscous moulding mix in the picture.
Plate making. The mix is shapedunto the plaster cast.
Porcelain made width casting
Casting plaster
Moulding
The finished, still raw porcelain plate.
The more viscous casting mix is produc by the addition of extra water and other additives.
Moulding technology: the plaster cast drains away a significant portion of the mix's water content and the solid grains stick to the wall of the cast: thus an objectfitting themoulding cast can is obtained.
Porcelain made by moulding
Woven porcelain basket - the begining
Woven porcelain basket - final touch-ups
the solidified object becomes visible by splitting the plaster cast.
Special technology, basket weaving.
The shape of the woven bascet is achieved by mixing threads that are threaded and fitted individually.
Porcelain rose - first petals
Porcelain rose - finishing touches
Finished porcelain rose
Porcelain rose in the making.
Bewitching hands shape and put together the various flowers, petal by petal.
The finished raw porcelain rose.
Sculpted decorations
Putting the figure together
The tool for perforation
Decoration: the sculpted flower decorations are placed onto the casts and onto the objects.
This is the way pieces made of several parts - typically figures - are put together.
Width a special double-bladed knife, the perforation is effected width extreme precision.
The process of perforation
Finishing touches prior to baking
Inital "light" baking
Each tiny hole is broken through individually by hand by the Herend masters.
The porcelain cleaned, polished and recorded prior to baking.
Expert hands prepare the raw porcelain objects for the first baking, wich is performed at app. 950°C.
Glazing of the porcelain
Second glazed baking
Porcelain paint
After baking, the object is glazed: a liquid glass coating is applied.
The glaze is baked on, at a higher (app.1400°C) temperature, and the object gains this glistening shine.
Our porcelain paint are different powder-based metal oxides.
The preparations of porcelain paint
Palette
Pre-sketching
The pwdered paint is mixed width terpentine and is then mixed with its evaporated remains (the so called thick oil) making the paint spreadable and processabla.
The porcelain painters work width a multitude of colours.
At times the decoration or the sketch is drawn in pen.
Special brush
Porcelain painting - flower
Porcelain painting - butterfly
The drawn sketch is coloured using squirrel-hair brushes.
They include various shadings that are appropriate for the given pattern.
Even the tiniest of motifs are painted by hand.
Figure painting
Appllying striples
Gilding
The figures can be decorated in a number of ways.
Along the edge of the plate a sstripe is being made.
In Herend , they use real gold . The decoration is followed by another so-called decorative baking (at app. 800°C) toallow the pattern to bake onto the surface and dress the product in this spectacular garb.