Porcelain

Production

In order to produce beautifully glazed and translucent porcelain, one must rely on natural materials, high firing temperatures and diligent craftsmen.

Materials, process and care

In order to produce beautifully glazed and translucent porcelain, one must rely on natural materials, high firing temperatures and diligent craftsmen. From the start of production to the finished product; porcelain from Wik & Walsøe will have been burnt two to four times in firing temperatures up to a maximum of 1400 degrees Celsius.
However, natural materials and high firing temperatures also lead to production challenges. Natural materials containing iron and metal, and products becoming deformed in the oven, are frequent reasons for a production being downgraded. Between 20 to 40 % of every production is downgraded, and will be sorted out before packaging. Unlike for example plastics and steel, porcelain is not a precise material, and everything is handmade. Porcelain will always vary in both form and colour, making each and every Wik & Walsøe product unique.

Feldsparporcelain

Fine feldsparporcelain consists of pure and natural raw materials such as quartz, feldspar and kaolin clay (white burning clay). We call it refined bedrock. It is also known as “the white gold”. Feldsparporcelain has 100% density, is very hygienic and will not crackle. The porcelain is characterized by its whiteness of colour, its beautifully shiny glaze, its translucency and its purity of tone. Feldspar is perfect for everyday use, and can also be used in a microwave. You an also use it in the oven, but major fluctuations in temperature could lead to thermal shock, and thereby breakage. We therefore recommend that the porcelain is at room temperature and the oven cold, when you put the product in the oven. Cold feldsparporcelain should not be filled with boiling or very hot liquids without having been gradually preheated. For warm feldsparporcelain the opposite is true. It is also important that warm porcelain is not set directly onto cold surfaces, such as for example stone countertops.

The tableware-series Alv, Alveskog, Whitewood, Woodstokk, Blåne and Rustikk are all made by feldsparporcelain.

Bone china

Bone china consists of kaolin (white burning clay) and 52% bone ash. This blend ensures a fantastic translucency and a glossy and vitreous appearance. Bone china has 100% density, and will therefore never crackle. Tableware of bone china is fine tableware, perfect for special occasions. Our bone china is trimmed with real gold and platinum, and should therefore never be placed in a microwave or regular oven.

The tableware-series Lys and Fnugg are made of bone china.

Decoration techniques

In-glaze: The decoration is applied on the surface of the glaze, and the object is burnt at approx. 1260 degrees Celsius. The high firing temperature ensures that the colours melt into the glaze, and become durable and glossy.
The tableware-series Alv, Alveskog, Whitewood, Woodstokk, Blåne and Rustikk are all decorated using this technique in order to obtain the highest possible degree of durability.

Overglaze

The decoration is applied over the glaze, and the object is burnt at approx. 880 degrees Celsius. This way the decoration gradually melts into the glaze.
The gift collections Alv, Alveskog and the Handpainted collection is decorated using this technique, thus obtaining an exciting contrast when the glossy white porcelain meets the unique and beautiful matt metallic colour of the décor.