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Wedgwood plate mould, c 1990s.

Wedgwood plate mould, c 1990s.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


Plate mould made by Waterford Wedgwood UK. One way of producing plates is to squash dry powder in a dust pres. Clay powder is squashed between the steel mould, which shapes the top of the plate, and a plastic mould which shapes the underneath. The plates made from squashed clay dust are very fragile, so a conveyor belt takes them straight to a kiln where they are fired to make them stronger.

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