The Development Journey – How Our New Pieces Come To Life
Every piece in the John Julian collection is carefully considered. Introducing a new piece to the range takes months of trials and testing to make sure that it is perfect in form and function.
When Julian set up John Julian he knew he wanted to set up a workshop that was the antithesis of mass-manufacturing, where alongside a small team of local potters, he could create ceramics designed to be handed down the generations. All sorts of considerations have to be made when introducing a new piece to the range. The proportions and lines of the piece have to be right, the thicknesses of the clay, glazing and firing all have to be trialed and tested.
Our porcelain Mixing Pouring Bowls have always been a firm favourite with our customers and have become a John Julian classic. But it seemed that we were missing a size. After feedback from our customers and using the bowls in our kitchens at home, it became clear that we needed a little one – an extra small bowl. And once made, we discovered that it was perfect! A soon-to-be staple in your kitchen, this little mixing bowl is an incredibly useful bowl. Ideal for whipping up a couple of eggs, sauces and salad dressings. Introducing a new piece to the range is a lengthy process so it is something that we do not do often but in this case we are very glad that we did.
From the Drawing Board to Kiln
When designing a new piece Julian starts off by sketching out ideas and throwing prototypes to test out how it will fit with the existing collection.
If the piece is going to be made in a mould on the jolley machine, we commission a mould and tool to be made for us. The mould has to be tried and tested to make sure that it is creating the correct shape. After many, many samples the new piece will go into production.
In the case of the Extra Small Mixing Pouring Bowl, the bowls are created on the Jolley machine in bespoke moulds, with the pouring spout formed by hand once they are turned out.
When dried, the Bowl follows the normal processes through the studio. They are fettled, the foot waxed and inside glazed which leaves the distinctive unglazed exterior. Once fired in the kiln the Bowl is then assessed for any firing problems and lightly sanded on the outside to create a smooth ‘cool to touch’ finish. The Bowl is then tested and put through its paces.
The spout is checked to see if it pours as it should, that it sits well with the rest of the Pouring Bowls Collection, the weight feels right in the hand when using it and it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.