The process of ‘Indigo Rain’ – the new collection by Faye Toogood for 1882 Ltd.
‘Indigo Rain’ reinterprets the homely familiarity of blue-and-white striped crockery in a new design informed by the spirit of serendipitous discovery.
Broad bands of indigo glaze, like painterly washes of watercolour, are applied to rough canvas.
The resultant stripes are subtly different for every plate, bowl and cup in the collection, rendering each piece unique.
Then comes the making of the plates. Slabs of clay are jiggered between a mould and a roller head to form the shape of the plate. In order to decorate them, plates must reach the biscuit stage. Biscuit firing takes 24 hours and the temperature reaches a maximum firing temperature 1130 degrees centigrade where it soaks for an hour.
The characteristic grain of the fabric that imbues the ceramics with the hardworking spirit of dark-dyed denim is applied by bumping the pattern onto the ceramic. The bumping takes colour from an engraving of the pattern with a rubber pad and under metric tons of pressure it ‘bumps’ the pattern onto the plate.
‘Indigo Rain’ is then glazed and fired at 1030 degrees centigrade which is an essential part of the process as the glaze forms the enamel like layer which makes it useable for every day.
After firing it is quality checked, packed and ready for service.
‘Indigo Rain’ by Faye Toogood for 1882 Ltd.