The production of our ceramic ornaments is quite similar to many other ceramic items. Then what makes our ceramics so special? First off, the ultra fine red clay needed as the base to the ornament is found only in Uzbekistan. Its fine properties are needed to create a smooth finish in order for the glazes to be applied properly.
Tradition: Potters in Uzbekistan have been passing their craft from generation to generation, keeping tradition alive in their works. Many of our artists learned their skill from those that came before them in conjunction with attending prestigious Russian & Uzbekistan Art Schools. Many of the pieces we offer reflect traditional Russian designs, folklore and fairytales; in addition to creating new designs that reflect its traditional roots.
The process: The red clay is prepared and poured into molds. Once the liquid has dried it is bisque fired. The “blanks” are distributed amongst the artists, taken into their homes for the glazing process.
While in the home, the artist uses a needle to apply the glaze leaving the polychromatic finish while also giving the raised texture. This technique is patented and will not be found on other ornaments making it memorable and unique.
Upon completion of the blanks glaze being applied, they are taken back to the factory for a two-step firing process. A glaze firing first to set the color followed by a second over-glaze firing to give it’s finished shine. The Final firing is right around 1950°F (1070°C), which is the same as the melting point of gold.
The final step to what makes our ornaments so different is it’s packaging. Each ornament is packed individually in a wooden crate. Each crate is hand made; the top is made to fit the bottom meaning each crate in its entirety is hand crafted one at a time.