Clay comes from the ground and Nicholas Mosse mixes different sorts of clays to create their own, high quality earthenware. They dig, blunge, sieve, filter and pug the clay to form extruded logs of wet clay, which are then cut into the exact size and weight for each item. The thrower takes this lump and centers and forms it on an electric potter’s wheel.
Throwing the lump
The jug emerges
WET CLAY OR GREENWARE
The little jug body is dried to a "leather hard" stage, and then a handle is attached to it with a glue-like substance called slip. Small imperfections are fettled and cleared away to make the pot ready for the next stage.
The glue-like slip
Fettling and cleaning
Putting on the handle
Tidying up again
When it reaches a very particular level of hardness, the little jug can be lowered into the liquid slip bucket. This type of slip is made from our same clay but with more water and less iron, to make it whiter. The slip is viscous and makes another pot cleaning necessary.
Carefully lowered into slip
Shaking off excess
Cleaning again and evening off
BISQUE KILN FIRING
Once again the jug needs to harden even more, so it can withstand being stamped with the Nicholas Mosse logo. It then waits for its turn in the kiln and receives a first firing or ‘bisque’ firing, which removes all water from the clay and makes it hard and ready to decorate.
Now dried, each piece is signed
Loading the kiln
Firing Kiln Lit
Getting colours ready to decorate
Nicholas Mosse Pottery has a large group of shapes, from mugs to plates to bowls, which are all hand decorated in one of 10 or so patterns. Each motif is applied by hand, one at a time, in different underglaze colours. The pots are then dipped into clear glaze and fired again.
Individual border motifs
First Old Rose
stamp goes on
Final touches are
Q & A About NICHOLAS MOSSE Pottery
Nicholas Mosse Pottery love their craft. They believe what is made with love and care emanates love and care. That is the essence of what Nicholas Mosse is about, that’s what they truly believe, and that is why this pottery means so much to people. Nick and his team, still to this day, make every single piece of pottery they produce by hand.
Are Nicholas Mosse Products All Made In Ireland?
Yes, all Nicholas Mosse earthenware pottery is completely Irish, from clay to water and they even use hydroelectrically generated energy to fire our kilns and keep our lights burning. Of their other products, the linen is Irish or UK made, and the candles are produced in France.
Are Nicholas Mosse Products Dishwasher, Microwave And Oven Safe?
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