Our Process

Discover the Art of Crafting Durable Ceramics

Unveil the secrets behind crafting stunning, yet durable ceramics that are ideal for commercial use. At Born Free, we infuse passion and flair into every creation, ensuring top-notch quality that lasts. Here’s how we do it:

Our Materials

At Born Free Ceramics, we pride ourselves on exclusively using only high-quality, food-safe ceramic materials. We understand that there is an increasing demand for food-safe products, and we believe that our commitment to quality and safety sets us apart.

At our company, we take the sourcing and selection of ceramic materials very seriously. We only work with reputable suppliers who provide us with high-quality raw materials that meet our stringent safety standards. This ensures that our  finished products are not only beautiful and safe for use with food and drink, but also meet the relevant health and safety regulations.

Artful Techniques

Whether wheel-thrown or hand-built, our expert artisans shape ceramics to optimise their resilience and longevity.


We aim to unleash ceramic creativity in all our pieces. We elevate the beauty of our ceramics with a plethora of decorating techniques, infusing each piece with personality and artistry.
Discover our signature methods:

  1. Painting: We embellish ceramics with vibrant glazes and underglazes, using brushes, sponges, or airbrushes.
  2. Stamping: Custom or pre-made stamps imprint intricate designs and repeating patterns.
  3. Carving: Our artisans carve ceramics to reveal texture and depth, adding dimensions to each creation.
  4. Decals: We transfer pre-made designs for elaborate patterns, which would otherwise be be challenging to produce by hand.
  5. Slip Trailing: Using nozzles or brushes, we apply liquid clay mixtures to create raised designs.
  6. Sgraffito: We scratch designs into glazed ceramics, contrasting and texturing the surface.
  7. Lustre: Applying metallic glazes over base layers, we create shiny, reflective surfaces.

Customisation & LOGO Embossing

Elevate your dining experience with Born Free Ceramics’ custom tableware service. Our passionate team transforms ordinary tableware into personalised expressions of your style and taste. Whether you are looking to add a special touch to your hotel lobby or create custom tableware for your restaurant, we have the tools and expertise to bring your dream to life. By applying different techniques such as logo embossing, painting, decal application, and engraving, we craft a dining experience that leaves a lasting impression, that is part of the story you are weaving. Reach out to personalise your tableware experience with Born Free Ceramics.

In-House Custom Glazes & Glazing Process

Welcome to our world of custom ceramic glazes, where creativity and innovation meet the art of pottery making. At our studio, we take pride in our ability to create unique and personalized glazes that are tailored to meet the specific needs and preferences of our customers. Our team of expert artisans and glaze chemists work tirelessly to produce one-of-a-kind glazes that enhance the beauty and functionality of ceramic ware.


We understand that every artist has a distinct vision and unique style, which is why we offer a wide range of custom glaze options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a subtle and elegant finish or a bold and vibrant colour, we have the expertise and innovation  to create the perfect glaze that reflects your personality and individuality.

At Born Free, we master and blend different techniques to craft unique, awe-inspiring ceramics that reflect our passion for unparalleled craftsmanship.

Shrinking of Clay

Indulge in our passion for crafting exquisite ceramics as we guide you through the fascinating transformation of clay. Our commitment to quality shines through in every piece we create, ensuring you receive only the finest products.

  1. Clay’s Watery Beginnings: Wet clay holds a high water content, which evaporates during firing, causing shrinkage. Shrinkage depends on both the clay type and firing temperature.
  2. Bisque Firing: At 1652-1832°F (900-1000°C), the clay dries and contracts in the “greenware firing” phase, as moisture evaporates.
  3. Maturing Stage: Ranging from 2012-2282°F (1100-1250°C), clay particles fuse together, causing further shrinkage as they pack tightly.
  4. Vitrification: Finally, clay becomes hard and dense at 2282-2462°F (1250-1350°C), reaching maximum shrinkage.

Shrinkage varies from 5-20%, influencing the final size and shape of each piece. Born Free’s artisans masterfully consider these factors, delivering ceramics that embody passion and flair, ceramics that fit seamlessly to your scale.