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What makes the pottery from South Africa so unique?
Julian Keyser ceramics is known now far beyond the borders of South Africa and has found many connaisseurs also in Europe.
But what makes the pottery so unique?
Is it because the ceramics is
- so colourful?
- dishwasher safe?
- microwave safe?
This may all be good reasons. But did you know, for example, that 12 people in South Africa have worked on the product you soon may hold in your hands - just to make you enjoy its beauty?
It is clearly the handiwork and the love for the product which makes coffee mugs by Julian Keyser so different from a ceramic mug from an assembly line in China.
We had the chance to take a look around in South Africa and would like to give you an overview of the ceramic production on this page.
The manufacture by Julian Keyser in Bredasdorp uses only best clay from the Eastern Cape for their ceramics.
Enriched with water the mass is filled in forms for bowls or plates, coffee mugs are turned by hand.
After the turning of the cups a handle is individually manufactured and attached by hand for each cup. So it can take quite a while until enough mugs have been made.
Every article is checked after the production during the quality control. Gross error or improper processings are detected and eliminated during this step.
Smaller bumps, however, are the unmistakable proof that these products are made in pure manual work.
And because nature often enough is better than technology, it can even be a porcupine quill to draw fine lines and notches.
The creativity of the locals in the decoration of the products is indescribable. As well as the dexterity. Because the products are all painted freehand.
After the painting and decorating of the ceramics, it is burned in one of the kilns. And again, this is very time consuming, because a ceramic mug, a plate or a bowl needs to remain in the kiln usually abount one week.
Also this in South Africa often poses a challenge. Because the power supply is not always stable and often the power fails or is switched off. Therefore also the burning of ceramics is always quite time-consuming.
We are pleased we could learn on the spot, how much work and love has been put in the production of every single cup or dish. And we are pleased that we may again support a great manufactory and its employees in South Africa with the ceramic series Julian´s - now available at Africa-Shop24.com!
Look forward towards the wonderful Julian Keyser ceramics - manufactured for you by up to 12 South Africans!