Introduction: When it comes to ceramics, ironstone/stoneware is a well-known and popular choice. Its versatility and durability make it an essential part of any kitchen collection. In this blog, we will delve deeper into the world of ironstone/stoneware and explore a fascinating technique called pin-firing that adds a unique touch to dinnerware. So, let's embark on this journey of discovery and unravel the beauty of pin-fired dinnerware.
What is Ironstone/Stoneware? Ironstone/Stoneware is a type of ceramic that has gained immense popularity due to its versatility and practicality. Traditional stoneware is fired at a lower temperature than porcelain, resulting in a denser and more durable product. Refined clay is the main component of stoneware, and it is mixed with various coarse additives to enhance its strength and resilience.
The Beauty of Pin-Fired Dinnerware: Pin-firing is a technique used to create distinctive designs on stoneware. Small pins or pegs are inserted into the clay before it is fired in the kiln. During the firing process, these pins leave tiny puncture marks on the surface of the pottery.
The Process of Pin-Firing: Pin-firing involves careful planning and artistic vision. Firstly, the potter decides on the design or pattern they want to create. They then insert the pins or pegs into the clay according to their planned layout. The piece is fired in the kiln, allowing the heat to work its magic and fuse the clay into a solid form. The pins leave behind their marks, creating the desired design on the surface of the dinnerware.
Benefits of Pin-Fired Dinnerware: The main benefit of “pinned” fired dinnerware is the sealed foot. This prevents additional absorption of water as well as providing a completely sealed foot (base of the bottom of the dinnerware). This base has a smooth finish that prevents scratching your dinnerware table's surface. The pin marks are generally located on the backside of the plate (or the backside of the rim) and are considered a sign of quality and excellence.
Using Pin-Fired Dinnerware: Incorporating Red Vanilla's pin-fired dinnerware into your table setting can add a touch of elegance and personality to your dining experience. Whether it's a simple breakfast or an elaborate dinner party, our pin-fired dinnerware can elevate the overall aesthetic while serving its functional purpose.
Conclusion: So, why not explore the world of pin-fired dinnerware and add a touch of artistry to your kitchen collection?