You use ceramic mugs every day, but ever wonder how it is made? Also, how did it get your favorite superhero logo on it? Here is a detailed account of how your mug is made from clay found all around you to your coffee table. Read on to find out more.
1. Making The Ceramic Mug
First, the raw material is fed into a grinder and pulverized into smaller, more manageable clay powder. Quartz, Feldspar, and water go through 15 hours mixing and refining process. This continues until the slurry clay is fed into the molding tubes and cast into long clay logs. Furthermore, they cut it into smaller portions called disks. A single-use mold then shapes the clay into your mug. Once dry, you separate the cup from the mold by hand.
2. The Handle
They do mug handles in a similar fashion as the body of the mug. So, once they dry and out from their own molds, they dip the handles in a mixture of clay and water called slip which acts as a glue.
3. Dressing Up Your Ceramic Mug
It is now time for some detail work. A technician carefully removes any excess clay or rough edges, rinses off any dust or debris, and gives the mug the perfect smooth finish. Now it is time for the mugs to obtain their color and trademark. However, before that, they dip some mugs into a single colored glaze, while others are multi-colored. This is also where your mug gets its favorite superhero logo embossed on it.
All the mugs are hand-dipped and painted to ensure quality coating every time. They are then set aside for at least 12 hours to dry before moving on to the ovens completely. Now, it is time to bake them, which will cause them to harden permanently.
4. Baking Your Ceramic Mug
A conveyor belt carries the rows of mugs through the oven to the other side. The standard oven temperature is around 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Your mugs are now ready, and they look great.
The shipping equipment wraps them in plastic, boxes them up, and ship them out to you.
So, the next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, take a minute to glance down and appreciate all the hard work and craftsmanship that went into your favorite mug with your superhero logo on it.
You can now show off your specially made ceramic mug to your friends, family, and others at work. Also, you will display the love and support you have for your favorite superhero. It is your way of showing that you still care about your childhood days and how inspiring they are. Hence, you can use this to start a conversation with strangers and have a great discussion about your favorite topic.
Whatever reason you pick, a ceramic mug with your superhero logo is a great item to have on your desk.