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
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
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 motifscarefully applied
First Old Rose stamp goes on
Final touches aresponged on
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.
Nicholas Mosse has two different types of clay in there product range, one for table service and one, much stronger stoneware clay, for our ovenware range. All of Nicholas Mosse tableware products are dishwasher and microwave safe. All ovenware products are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. To keep your cherished Nicholas Mosse products safe in the dishwasher be sure to stack them carefully to avoid any rattling of pieces during the wash cycle. While both the tableware and ovenware can be used in the microwave, constant usage will cause crazing and may even affect the longevity of the ware. Never place tableware or ovenware into a microwave or oven immediately after being taken from the fridge. Avoid extreme temperatures at all costs – Nicholas Mosse products should never be placed in the freezer.
At Nicholas Mosse Pottery, they enjoy making pottery and are very specific that they produce only pottery of the finest quality. The pottery, used with care, should last and wear beautifully for years to come. To keep it as beautiful and pristine as possible, they recommend that you follow the following advice:• Avoid rough handling and sudden changes in temperature as this may cause the appearance of fine lines on the surface known as crazing. Crazing does NOT affect the life or the usefulness of the pottery, and some people feel this adds to the character and appeal of the pottery. It is nothing to worry about.• The pottery is dishwasher safe; please stack it carefully to avoid knocking.• The pottery is microwave safe but continuous use should be avoided.• Only use special Nicholas Mosse Ovenware in your oven, avoid direct heat and do not use on a hob or near a naked flame.• Stubborn stains may be removed by soaking in a mild bleach solution.• For ovenware pottery (and also tabletop ware), avoid metal scourers or harsh abrasives.