Process of Creation
Every Porcelain creation begins with the inspiration of an artist. First, a sketch is made by the sculptor of the new figure in clay, which is examined and approved by the creative design team. The sketch, in clay, is reproduced in plaster to provide the first mold, which will in turn become the definitive mold for the porcelain figurine.
A mid-sized figurine may need between 15 and 20 molds and up to 300 for complex pieces. The fragments coming from these molds are joined by liquid porcelain paste to obtain an exact reproduction of the original model.
Once the figurine is reconstructed, the decoration process starts. In compliance with the sculptor’s instructions and the surface of the piece –so far smooth– it is carved with delicate motifs that will give it its final appearance. It is at this point that the face on the sculpture gets its expression and the tiniest details are delicately crafted. In addition, the figurine is painted and if it requires a glossy finish it is covered with a coat of varnish, which grants it that crystalline look.
The test of fire
Finally, the sculpture is put to the test of fire: it remains for approximately 24 hours in a kiln at over 1300º C. Porcelain vitrifies, varnish crystallizes and the figures true colors, so far hidden, come to the surface.
Once the crafting process finishes, the sculpture goes through several quality controls. Most pieces make their way successfully to the end of the process, and those that do not comply with quality standards are destroyed.
A large team of craftsmen contribute to developing sculptures, making each of them unique: painters, ornament lists, flower artists… All of them pool their knowledge and expertise to create a piece with the highest artistic and technical quality.