Ceramics from Holland

The name explains it all: The use of a Dutch clay-mixture for high-end ceramics. A long lasting tradition is the making of Dutch earthenware, with the genuine Delft Blue crafting technique as chosen end decoration besides the use of the spraypaint glazing technique, to apply diverse colors to the products.

Montagne Aardewerkfabriek is a typically Dutch pottery factory (est. 1951) who makes most of the eartenware (ceramic) products. The charm of the ceramic products made by Montagne are the aesthetic hand made look and feel, the imperfections that remain visible in each product.

Every product in the collection 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.

The next step is filling themwith 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’. The definition of biscuit is dry and still porous pottery, ready for further treatment, towards glazing or hand painted decorations and their crafting techniques.
The Delft Blue is made and applied seperately by the design team itself – retired artisans with many years of experience in the typically Dutch Delft Blue crafting technique. This technique is protected by UNESCO and re-named as Dutch cultural heritage, Suit’d® Suits is very proud to add value to the workers, their craftmanship and to customers. Each Delft Blue product from Suit’d® Suits is 100% hand painted in Holland and free of fake printing techniques.

Image: Colortests ceramic single covers with pigment powder © VeggieinPumps
Image: Colortests ceramic single covers with pigment powder © VeggieinPumps
© Iznik Foundation, Iznik Tiles and Ceramics 2016
© Iznik Foundation, Iznik Tiles and Ceramics 2016

Quartz-Ceramics from Turkey

Iznik Foundation ceramics are produced using traditional techniques, employing contemporary technologies. The Foundation is the sole producer of the original 16th-century traditional İznik tiles and possesses unique knowhow. The most distinctive aspect of Iznik Foundation ceramics is the use of quartz. The special type of artistic quartz wall tile produced by the İznik Foundation is referred to as “chini”, distinguishing it from standard industrial tiles or any other handmade tiles.

The word for ceramics, “Çini” (meaning ‘from China’), was used to describe tiles and tableware containing 85% of quartz mineral, covered with a hard white coating, exceptional colours and transparent glaze, fired at around 930° C in special ovens.

The raw materials used for making the paste are obtained from İznik and its surroundings. The quartz is smashed into small pieces, ground, and then mixed with clay, glass, frit and water to obtain the correct mixture of paste. The paste is manually pressed into wooden frames and after air-drying and the plates are then sandpapered and prepared for the undercoating. Small pieces of quartz, clay and frit are then flowed over these plates, which are then air-dried again and placed in kilns at 900° C. At the end of this step, plates or ‘biscuits’ are obtained. After having the prepared biscuit ready, the designs can be applied by hand by the workers.
The colours used in the ceramics are composed of complex mixtures and are very difficult to obtain and apply. They are achieved according to the traditional methods and reflect the shades of semi-precious stones such as malachite, emerald, and lapis lazuli, guaranteeing their purity for centuries. Iznik Tiles also feature the authentic and mysterious ‘coral red’ colour, the mixture for which is extremely complex and almost unattainable. Both domestic and international researches have spent years investigating this subject.

Wood by Plexwood®

Plexwood is a line of innovative wooden semi-finished products that can be used for multiple applications, due to its composition and the way of production. The wooden veneer-based line structure makes Plexwood an aesthetic and graphic material, without it dominating the overall appearance. The build-up, consisting of end grain wood and wood with the grain, makes it durable and generally stronger than normally sawn wood. It has a unique clear line structure.

The woodmaterials are FSC and PEFC certified and come from commercial harvested trees. Bio-degradable coatings are being used to give each product its suitable finish – for Suit’d Suits Models Berger Seidle Classic High Solid oil for Meranti wood, and Berger Seidle Aqua Seal Monotop matt varnish for Birch wood.

Plexwood Birch and Meranti
Plexwood Birch and Meranti