In addition to the decoration of the plates with patterns inspired by the Italian artistic heritage, the entire production is 100% made in Italy, carried out by a company located in Pesaro, a leader in the sector and a guarantee of excellence.
Let’s explain in a few simple steps how 23Bassi Homeplates are made.
The production technique chosen makes our plates aesthetically unique and with an indestructible essence.
Clay is the raw material with which the processing begins.
A very malleable material, 'plasticity' is clay’s most important characteristic, since it is the only material that can be shaped and is able to retain its form.
The clay we choose is stoneware. It is fed into a machine that transforms the clay into cylindrical strips and then cut into many "slices".
Production is carried out by means of a mould press. Each slice of clay is placed in the mould press, once they come out of the press they are detached one by one using compressed air which makes it easier to detach the plate from the mould,
however, the careful, patient and accurate hand of the craftsman is indispensable, as one by one they place the fresh plates on shelves to rest for half a day.
Then the impurities are removed manually from each plate.
The craftsmanship of the artisan is fundamental for the creation of plate sets by 23Bassi Home. The company we rely on uses the machinery basically for the mould, all the finishing touches are handmade.
Finally the first firing takes place at 1250°C.
The second drying phase takes longer, about three to four days.
Now comes the fun part!
The plates are glazed and then finally comes the step where 23Bassi Home decorations inspired by Italian architecture are carefully applied.
We send the graphics to the silk-screen printer, who creates the decal with our textures by hand, and with the help of some very special machinery.
The film with the texture arrives at the Pesaro workshop; skill, patience and care are really essential in this phase!
The plate and the decal are wetted lightly with cold water to soften them a little.
The decal is manually slid onto the plate very carefully and a rubber spatula is used to fix the decal, removing water and air that could settle between the plate and the decal, and then dried.
Now it is ready for the second firing at 900°C. Another whole day and a half must pass to let it dry, then the plate is ready and finished.
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Advantages of Stoneware in plates
Stoneware is a type of clay that reaches very high temperatures during firing (tending to be between 1180°C and 1280°C). It has a particular chemical composition, so it undergoes a vitrification and becomes a waterproof ceramic object even if it is not glazed.
Its surface is compact (unlike that of terracotta, for example), and its resistance to impact and everyday use is high.
For this reason, stoneware objects, unlike terracotta ones, can also be washed in dishwashers, and can go in ovens and in freezers.
The cost of this type of earthenware is considerably higher than that of terracotta due to its nobler components (quartz) and its processing.
Stoneware can be found in a wide range of colours and grains, depending on its chemical composition, and it is an absolutely fascinating material with infinite possibilities.
Stoneware is a very strong ceramic, often associated with the world of flooring. It performs remarkably, does not splinter due to its particular durability and strength, and is therefore a material that lasts much longer than porcelain, which is lighter and thinner.