Ideas for new Royal Copenhagen products can come from many sources. Often they are inspired by heritage designs that are hundreds of years old in a unique process of design evolution.
But new life is breathed into our products through creative collaborations with designers and artists throughout the whole development process, from concept to final decoration.
Bringing an idea to life is also a process of testing for Royal Copenhagen products and many things can go wrong in the process. Which is why the final results, the pieces that exist are fine examples of the highest quality craftsmanship.
An idea strikes and is sketched or created by the designer/artist. This first form is considered and submitted, the first step in a lengthy process.
The sketch is then modelled in 3D on a computer and from that design, a fragile first model is created by a 3D printer. This printing process, which can take up to a day, lays ultra-thin layers of porcelain over each other until the form takes shape.
The form is made
Fine-tuned by Hand. But it’s the human modeller that perfects the mould, grinding out irregularities and errors and this process can take up to a month, even for the most experienced and educated modeller. All those small details, the ripples and flutes take time, patience and a steady hand…
The original model
An original mould is created from this first model, by way of a computer controlled milling machine in a process that can take up to three days.
In open casting, liquid porcelain is carefully poured into dry moulds that absorb the moisture leaving a shell. When this shell is a certain thickness, the excess liquid porcelain is poured away.
The newly-moulded product
The new item is removed from the mould and any joints and edges are removed and lovingly polished
The final touch
The porcelain is still fairly moist and fragile at this point, which is the perfect opportunity for retouching
and garnishing with handles and decorations. A sure and steady hand is needed to swiftly affix these details to the piece, before it is dried and fired.