The Tower of Babel – Work in progress
We are in full production now up in Stoke-on-Trent, here are some pictures of the pieces being cast. Each mould will only be used about 20 times to keep the quality of each piece to its maximum. The moulds are made from Plaster, as in plaster of paris, these are then dried and then the shops can be cast. Bone china slip, which is a liquid version of the clay, is poured into the moulds, the plaster being porous sucks out the moisture and after half an hour or so the moulds are tipped out. You are left with a shell of the shape, much like an easter egg. These are then dried and fired. This is Tony who works with his wife Heather and their son, they will be casting, firing and glazing all 3000 pieces.