Tianzhu pottery has a new type of steam pot, double-layer design, the principle is very advanced. However, the success rate of different models has always been a big problem. The success rate of No.2 boiler is smaller, and the success rate is more than 80%, while the volume of No.1 boiler is slightly larger, but the success rate is only about 20%.
Before, they took an order from Zhu’s garden to make 20 No. 1 steam pots engraved with the buildings of Zhu’s garden, but eventually they burned more than 100 before finishing the order. Maybe those who don’t know will think it’s nothing, but do you know what steps Jianshui purple pottery has to go through before it is put into the kiln?
Starting with kneading mud, double-layer billet making is more complicated, and then it is air drying, trimming, decoration, carving, filling mud, finishing and drying, and then it is fired in the kiln. If the other steps are relatively simple and time-consuming, 80% of the decoration, carving and mud filling are white.
It is not easy to show the architectural style of Zhujia garden on Purple pottery. Even if it is pure white clay, it will take a lot of time to complete the decoration of a steam pot. However, it is likely that the boiler will crack, deform or even collapse during the firing process, so all previous efforts have been in vain.
You can’t imagine working hard to make 100 pieces of Jianshui purple pottery in a month, but 80 pieces have been broken in the process of firing. Not all people will be optimistic about this situation as an experiment. More people rely on this kiln to earn money to support their families or pay workers’ wages and maintain the workshop running.
At present, most of the process steps of Jianshui purple pottery can only be completed by hand. During this period, there were too many times when the success failed and people were crying
You work hard to make mud, cast, trim, decorate, and be meticulous, but in the process of drying, the ceramic body cracked, and a piece of waste pottery failed, which made people cry;
You try your best to send the perfect ceramic body into the kiln, but in the high temperature environment of more than 1000 degrees Celsius and a lot of variables, the ceramic body cracks, deforms and collapses, and one piece of waste pottery falls short, which makes people cry;
Some of the fire products were taken out and looked intact. However, some small holes were found on the surface of the work. It turned out that a small number of coarse white mud was mixed in the process of mud refining. Although it is completely harmless to health, the work has become a defective product, and the work has failed to make people cry;
The overall quality of the produced works is very good. The shape is full and harmonious, the calligraphy and painting are exquisite and polished evenly. However, I suddenly found that I forgot to make the base. I don’t know how to describe this situation for a while. In short, it makes people cry;
In the process of the birth of a purple pottery work, there are too many such cases. Customers are always picky, of course, it’s fine to be picky. But when you witness the process, you will find how difficult it is to make a perfect work by hand.
Writing this article is not to defend the defective products of Jianshui purple pottery. In fact, the artists who do not want to have defects are purple pottery artists. From time to time, I heard that some people said who was more cattle than others and smashed all their defective products. Therefore, everyone gave him a thumbs up and criticized the workshops dealing with the defective products.
In fact, it’s not that these workshops are unwilling to smash the defective products. More often than not, they can’t smash the defective products. Maybe if they do, they will go out of business. To be exact, what they keep is the defective products that do not affect the normal use, and the waste products that lose the main function are lost.
The correct way is that when they deal with these tiny defects, they can tell the customers where the defects are, which does not affect the normal use, and sell them at a price much lower than that of the qualified products.