Master mould and production mould
Every product in the collection of Montagne Aardewerkfabriek has a master mould. This master mould, made of plaster, is a model in the equivalent form of the product to be. Out of this master mould are fabricated more negative models, the so-called production moulds, after which the product can be made in series.
Clay and biscuit
The working moulds are filled with liquid clay. A part of the clay attaches itself to the inside of the model. The rest will be poured out. When the clay is dry, the mould (which consist of several parts) can be opened. The product is taken out carefully. Subsequently the product is polished, that is to say, the unnecessary bits of clay are scraped off and lumps in the soft clay are removed with a sponge. After this the clay is baked for the first time. Clay that is baked once, is called ‘biscuit’. Biscuit is dry and still porous pottery, ready for further treatment.
Decoration and finish
The products of ‘De Wit’ are entirely hand painted. In some cases a silkscreen is printed on the biscuit (for example a logo or a self made design) after which one of the craftsmen proceed to paint the product. Then the product is glazed by dipping or spaying. Finally the product will be baked for a second time. After this, the product is finished.
Montagne Aardewerkfabriek B.V.
2831 BP Gouderak (Gouda)
Monday through Friday
8:00 till 16:30 CET
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Guided Tours We provide guided tours at our factory.
You can follow the process of mold making, painting, glazing and firing. It is possible to make purchases at the factory store.
Price: € 12,50
Please contact us before coming to the factory!
Languages we speak
German, French, Spanish, English and Dutch