Crafts on ceramic products

2023-12-01

As a daily necessity, ceramic products come in many patterns, colors, and shapes. How much do you know about the craftsmanship involved? In today’s article, we will give a preliminary introduction to the raw materials, molding methods, molds, and processes of ceramics.

General household ceramics are tableware, which mainly include cups, bowls, plates, saucers, spoons, and soup basins. Each category has many subdivisions, such as flat plates, shallow plates, deep plates, soup plates, dessert plates, etc., I will not list them one by one here. The general raw material for these daily ceramics is kaolin. Kaolin is white in color, affordable, has good plasticity and fire resistance, so it is extremely cost-effective. According to different requirements, there will also be white clay, special clay for reinforced porcelain, and special clay for bone china. Differences in raw materials will also lead to differences in price. Of course, different soil qualities also have their own techniques that are good at or easier to express.

Crafts on ceramic products

As a large-volume export ceramics supplier, we will determine the final molding method based on the characteristics of each product. There is roughly roll forming, pressure forming and grouting. Roll forming is suitable for products with simple and regular shapes, such as small round bowls and discs. These simple-shaped products are roll-formed with silicone, which saves a lot of production time and also improves efficiency and accuracy. Pressure molding is used for relief, negative and special-shaped products. Shapes such as teapots, jars, milk jugs, etc. will be made by grouting. Both of the above molding methods use plaster molds. Another molding method worth mentioning is hand-drawn blanks. Before the development of technology, craftsmen used to hand-knead molding. This type of product has a more manual feel, is more time-consuming, and the number that can be completed per day is limited. Therefore, the price of hand-drawn blanks is the most expensive.

Crafts on ceramic products

Products with more regular shapes are the most common in our lives, but each country or different consumer groups will have their own preferences and different size requirements. Importers in the United States prefer products with unique shapes, more ethnic designs, and bolder colors. Buyers from European countries will have more regular product shapes and will not be particularly outstanding, but their product designs are very simple and elegant, suitable for a variety of scenarios. In terms of product size, shopping malls and supermarkets generally prepare products for household use. Some chefs will customize specially-sized plates and bowls in order to serve their customers and provide a better experience.

Ceramics are daily necessities. Although the material is very durable, consumers will purchase them according to different times, scenes, moods or festivals, so they are updated very quickly. The production cycle of ceramics is long, so general buyers need to start preparations several months in advance. The purchased products need to be produced in the factory, and subsequent shipping costs will also take time. Especially for holiday products, if they cannot meet the deadline, it will be a huge loss for buyers, and foreign consumers will not have a good consumption experience.

In the next article, I will further introduce the craftsmanship on ceramic products.

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