If you are a crockery fan… the Curiosity Of Ceramic Manufacturing must have knocked your mind many times.
At least my mind triggered it so many times that I decided to visit the ceramic industry to investigate Ceramic Mugs Manufacturing Steps. Moreover, you will be amazed to know that I found the process so interesting that I managed to visit four to five industries. To investigate different ceramic mug machines and their procedures.
Actually, my morning like yours starts with a perfect mug of coffee, definitely, I don’t like to switch the taste of my traditional coffee. But I love to drink in an as different and as delicate mug as possible. And ceramic mugs are my favorite in the race as they keep my hot drinks hotter for longer and don’t mess with the taste either.
Yes, I have a huge collection of mugs and cups that vary from all occasions to all drinks. Like I love my Cocktail in Copper Mugs, my Beer in Wooden Mugs and for travel I prefer Starbucks travel tumblers. But ceramic has a different bonding with me and my coffee. So I am writing this article for such assorted ceramic lovers, who want to appreciate the art of making ceramic at any level either personal or commercial. Without wasting much time let’s jump towards the steps involved in turning some raw clay to this immensely beautiful masterpiece, your perfect Ceramic Mug.
Ceramic Mug Manufacturing Step
These are almost the same steps involved in the manufacturing process of ceramics no matter whether you are working in your personal studio or in some ceramic factory. This thing actually amazed me a lot that if these mugs are being manufactured in a studio or a factory the required hand skill and support, the incredible thing was I found them much like hand made in their preparation, let me show you how the process is very much close to producing a sculpture.
All the handles are shaped out of a mold in the same way as the mugs are cast out of the mold. But joining them is a manual task as both these pieces are joined together, I mean the mugs and the handle are joined together with the help of a slip. Actually works as a glue and it attracts the mug handle and the mug.
Slip is a mixture of clay and water but it is quite runny as compared to the clay which is poured into the mold. Once Slip is applied on the handle, the handle is attached to the mug and the clay play mug is ready.
Crafting To Perfection
When the ceramic mugs are being made in the industry even then the perfection and detailing are done manually by hand. Each and every mug is observed from all sides and is detailed into a flawless and neat mug removing all the unwanted attachments. The detailing part helps well in giving perfect finish to the mug.
Now, this is the time to add the perfect glaze which is actually the trademark of our shiny ceramic mugs. Yes, this part is again done by hand even in the industry. I was wondering if the ceramic machines only help in the bulk milling or kneading of clay. After that Pours clay into the mold other than that the most of work is done by hand even in the industry.
Yes, the grace addition is done manually with hands making sure that no part is left unattended. The glaze can be added in different ways, I have observed a few pouring single color glaze on the whole mug. Sometimes some producers add a variety by pouring different colors inside and coating a different color outside this makes it look different. Even in a few industries, I saw that they were experimenting with the double coating outside. Whereas the inside coating was different altogether.
Once the glaze of the paint is applied to the clay mugs they are again set aside for almost 12 hours, while the clay properly observes the paint and the paint gets dry.
Different Ideas And Printings
Now you might be thinking that if all the mugs are glazed what about those different patterns and images printed on the mugs. Sometimes you might have observed some mugs with special logos and designs. Yes, this is definitely not induced on your mug while they were in the oven.
They are applied after the baking is done, there are multiple things that can be done with your mugs. After they are properly baked further printing or designing is required those are glazed into plain white color.
Afterward, sublimation printing with the help of sublimation inks is done. Sometimes the logos are printed with the help of a stamp but in modern industries. Sublimation printing and sublimation ink is the idea that is mostly used even in some small setups.
Small Setup Of Mug Sublimation
Customized mugs have a different class and value. But I have observed some small setups where these customized mugs are being made and sell with good profits. especially the mug with the pictures of consumer choice. Such setups don’t have a big infrastructure but a small setup where they are producing a limited number of mugs. Printing their choice of images and creative designs with the help of sublimation printers and sublimation inks.