Our Work - Bambole SIBANIA | Manifattura Porcellana Vicentina

What We Do

Tradition is a knowledge of hands that cannot be written in books, but passes from hand to hand.

Just like a painter knows that the brush dipped in the right amount of color and held on the piece in the right way and in the right inclination gives a certain effect, so a violinist holds the bow by measuring exactly inclination, weight and strength with something that is inside, for get a certain sound, that one and not another, which has a precise correspondence in the listener.

There are many ways to present a product and the work behind it, and therefore to explain its value.

Among these, we think the best way is to tell our story in a way as simple as possible, and to talk about the work we do every day to achieve our goals, with all the expectations and difficulties and defeats, but also with the successes and satisfaction that our path entails.

The Sculpture

The model, or sculpture, is the basis of our work. Its creation starts from a block of clay, which is shaped to obtain the face, the expression or that particular position of the hands, that body shape… 

The Mould

A mould is made from each new piece, pouring plaster mixed with the proper amount of water directly on the sections. As each doll is made up of several moulds, each mould is made up of several pieces.

The Forming

Porcelain is a mixture of kaolin, feldspar and quartz, carefully selected and mixed in water to obtain a dense fluid called casting. The casting is poured into the plaster mould, where it begins to lose water and to solidify; when the desired thickness is reached, the piece is emptied from the still liquid part and after a short time can be extracted.

Finishing

Removed from the moulds, the pieces must be trimmed and refreshed, because during the phases described above they always suffer damage due to handling or worn out moulds. In addition, all the details that will allow the doll to be assembled are carved and polished, such as the holes to pass the elastic.

The great fire kiln

Each piece is then left to dry and further finished, to remove possible defects that have emerged in this phase. During firing at almost 1300 ° C, our clay comes close to its melting point, for this reason the kiln time is always the most critical, because it brings out any possible imperfection, however invisible on the raw material. 

Painting and the third fire kiln

After this firing, the biscuit is cleaned and sometimes sanded to be painted. According to the so-called “Capodimonte” technique, as it has been handed down from workshop to workshop, the decoration is done with an amalgam of color, oil and lavender essence. The color is blended with special brushes or dabbed with a sponge. Finally, there is the color firing, or “third fire”, which we, using lead-free colors, do at 980 ° C. Once out of the “third fire” kiln, the pieces are carefully checked one last time and arranged to be shipped.

The Sculpture

The model, or sculpture, is the basis of our work. Its creation starts from a block of clay, which is shaped to obtain the face, the expression or that particular position of the hands, that body shape… 

The Mould

A mould is made from each new piece, pouring plaster mixed with the proper amount of water directly on the sections. As each doll is made up of several moulds, each mould is made up of several pieces.

The Forming

Porcelain is a mixture of kaolin, feldspar and quartz, carefully selected and mixed in water to obtain a dense fluid called casting. The casting is poured into the plaster mould, where it begins to lose water and to solidify; when the desired thickness is reached, the piece is emptied from the still liquid part and after a short time can be extracted.

Finishing

Removed from the moulds, the pieces must be trimmed and refreshed, because during the phases described above they always suffer damage due to handling or worn out moulds. In addition, all the details that will allow the doll to be assembled are carved and polished, such as the holes to pass the elastic.

The great fire kiln

Each piece is then left to dry and further finished, to remove possible defects that have emerged in this phase. During firing at almost 1300 ° C, our clay comes close to its melting point, for this reason the kiln time is always the most critical, because it brings out any possible imperfection, however invisible on the raw material. 

Painting and the third fire kiln

After this firing, the biscuit is cleaned and sometimes sanded to be painted. According to the so-called “Capodimonte” technique, as it has been handed down from workshop to workshop, the decoration is done with an amalgam of color, oil and lavender essence. The color is blended with special brushes or dabbed with a sponge. Finally, there is the color firing, or “third fire”, which we, using lead-free colors, do at 980 ° C.
Once out of the “third fire” kiln, the pieces are carefully checked one last time and arranged to be shipped. 

Porcelain is the “white gold” that Marco Polo brought to the West from Cathay.

For many centuries, in their workshops, European alchemists tried to unveil the secret of its purity and transparency. Finally in 1709 it was the alchemist Johann Friederik Böttger, who was said to have created the philosopher stone, to find the secret of this other stone.
  • Earth
  • Water
  • Air
  • Fire
: these were the four elements through which the Opus Alchymicum intended to produce the stone, the Lapis philosophorum, which would transform humble metals into gold.
  • Earth
  • Water
  • Air
  • Fire
: are the four elements that are needed to create this other Lapis, that can truly be called white gold, due to the purity in which the humble clay is turned.

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