My Blue Tit and Catkin mugs

I visited Heraldic Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent recently to see my brand new mugs being produced. I found watching the various processes the mugs go through in order to create the final product really inspiring, so I thought I'd share my experience with you here!

First of all, the design is split into five colours - blue, yellow, light grey, dark grey and black. Each section of the design is then transferred onto a film and exposed onto silk screens ready for printing. Here's what will end up being the yellow layer getting exposed onto the screen.

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Can you see the Blue Tit's yellow tummies starting to take shape?

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All of the sections are then printed in layers to create the full image. Here are the completed prints drying...

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The transfers are then cut into sections and dipped into a water bath, which releases the transfer from the backing paper. Here I am having a go at applying a transfer to one of the mugs - the incredibly skilled staff at Heraldic make this part look easy, but I can assure you it isn't! I soon handed back to the experts, who you can see here skilfully applying my logo to the bottom of the mugs.

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Once the transfers are applied to the mugs, they are ready for firing; this process fixes the image to the surface.

And here's the final product!

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My mugs are made from English fine bone china, hand decorated in Stoke-on-Trent, and they're available now in my Etsy shop if you'd like to take a closer look!