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The die cutting process Version Française

1. The dough is kneaded, and a rolling mill gives it its flat shape. The  thickness is the same all over.

2. The  technique of die cutting is then used. The flattened dough is pressed  on top of a plaster cast mould. To smooth it out and make it match the mould shape perfectly, the potter uses the thumb and index fingers, and a wet sponge.

3. Then the item is trimmed and left-overs are removed. The plate is smoothed out.

4. The item has to dry for at least  24 hours and  up to 48.

5. The item is removed from the mould and de-burred in order to obtain a smooth surface .

6. The item is thus fired once and becomes a 'biscuit (Pièce de terre non émaillée n'ayant subi qu'une seule cuisson) '. Once the enamelling process and decor have been  done, the item has to be fired a second time. It then becomes a faience.

Special thanks to Madame Muriel ERDMANN from “L'Atelier de Muriel” in Samadet for her collaboration to the  making of this video clip.