The Birth of a Ceramic Bowl

Sourcing the clay

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay”however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

Refining and processing the clay

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay”however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

Slab roller and embossing

L’argile est passé dans un laminoir manuel afin d’obtenir une feuille d’argile d’épaisseur le plus égal possible. C’ici que se joue une partie de la différence « vrai » fait main contre « pseudo fait main ». En effet la feuille d’argile doit être très régulière afin de ne pas avoir de casse dans les étapes suivantes. C’est une épreuve d’équilibriste pour l’artisan. Le plus simple serait d’employer un laminoir automatique qui sortira la feuille d’argile parfaite. De plus une installation automatique requiert des ouvriers non qualifiés, et non des Artisans spécialisés, donc gain dans les coûts. Notre résultat final est cette imperceptible nuance, dans les différences d’épaisseur qui créent l’âme du bol, ou autre objet ; cela aucune machine ne peut le produire, fait main par des humains.

Drying & Trimming

The drying is a stage that is under high control and expertise; the plates and bowls need to dry as even as possible to avoid lost in the next step. When a piece rich an exact state of leather hard, the specialized Artisans will trim the edges with a sharp blade. He needs to apply his blade at exact angle and very evenly to avoid discrepancies in the thickness of the pieces. With the blade operation, he must trim the plate twice, with a different blade, and at a different angle. Once again, this is a very long and risky operation; however, it put an inimitable “soul” in the piece.

First Firing

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high-quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay “however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

First Firing

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high-quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay “however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

Glaze Preparation

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high-quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay “however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

Glazing

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high-quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay “however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

Second Firing

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high-quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay “however we are always working to make it better than perfect

Quality Control and Packaging

We source our clay in the Kompong Thom province. They are several place in Cambodia where clay can be sourced. The most important is to find a high-quality clay, with particular particles size requirement. The level of kaolin in the clay is part of its quality and strength when the product is finished. To get consistency in the quality, it is compulsory to get our raw clay always from the same place. This allow us to know it very well, and work with it. After our more than 13 years of development, we can say “we have a perfect clay “however we are always working to make it better than perfect.

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