A leisure pursuit for quality and expressive crockery quickly transformed into an intimate expression of art, giving birth to Table Matters.
The brand was created to realize the goal of providing aesthetically valuable tableware to the masses.
Every collection is incorporated with unique designs that use visually pleasing elements from nature and translated into intricate sketches and colors. Table Matters use finely sourced materials that are strictly tested for toughness, durability, and integrity. Each dinnerware is guaranteed safe for use and can withstand the test of dishwashers and time.
Ceramics-making involves a step-by-step process that takes skill, patience, and artistry to achieve the desired masterpiece. At Table Matters, every dining ware is carefully crafted using these building techniques.
Removing clay from the pallet and running it through the pug mill is the first step. This process gets rid of the air in clay and gives the right consistency and density needed to create dinnerware. Scrap clay is mixed to the new batch continually to reduce wastage. The clay is then run through the slab roller, then cut in discs by hand. These are stacked and covered, then moved to the next step.
The slab of clay is then placed on a wheel with custom molding. As the wheel spins, the pressure is applied by the jigger operator through a blade that cuts excess clay away. The dining ware is sponged for a quick finish and then dried for 30 minutes to one hour. Then, the piece is flipped to a wooden board.
As soon as the ware feels stiff but slightly flexible, the rim is trimmed on the wheel to give it a smooth edge. This process renders the durability of the piece.
Around 12-14 hours after trimming, the ware is subjected to a starting bisque fire of about 1850F. As it cools, the ware is then stamped and glazed by hand spraying. The glaze is measured for density and thickness repeatedly to apply the precise amount on the material.
After glazing, a wet sponge is then used to wipe the rip to ensure that the polished edge is remarkable.
The finished product is put in a kiln and fired up to 2,200F. By the time work commences the next morning, the kiln is cooled down, and the wares are ready to be taken out.
The final products are further inspected for quality. These are then placed in proper packaging and arranged in a pallet, ready for delivery.
“...failure with clay was more complete and more spectacular than with other forms of art. You are subject to the elements... Any one of the old four - earth, air, fire, water - can betray you and melt, or burst, or shatter - months of work into dust and ashes and spitting steam. You need to be a precise scientist, and you need to know how to play with what chance will do to your lovingly constructed surfaces in the heat of the kiln.”
― A.S. Byatt, The Children's Book