The Chown Family
A unique, hand tailored process for each and every project
We ask wherever possible that your artwork is sized to your mug of choice (we supply template sizes), the correct resolution and ready to go (we can offer a design service if required).
If the design is to be silk-screen printed then colours have to be separated, each colour printed on film and then made into an individual screen before each colour being printed using its individual screen and the final print being coated by a special polymer that turns the print into a water based transfer.
For digital printing the design is printed as a whole and then coated which turns it into a water based transfer.
Both processes use ceramic colour NOT ink which means that some mixed colours can be slightly different to the original artwork.
The transfers are then applied by our expert lithographers before drying and being kiln fired at around 850 degrees centigrade fusing the ceramic colour into the glaze of the china. This renders the design domestic dishwasher and microwave safe.
For dye sublimation printing specially coated mugs are used, your design is printed onto coated paper and applied to the mug which is then press heated to around 180 degrees centigrade. The ink transfers onto the coating on the mug giving vibrant true to life colours. We use mugs that have a dishwasher safe coating however we still recommend hand washing wherever possible.
Over 30 years of expertise with printing on Fine Bone china
There have been three generations of the Chown family involved in the production and printing of fine bone china.
John (now retired) worked at Spode before starting the family business of Caverswall in Stoke on Trent producing hand painted fine bone china for clients all over the world. Son Stewart joined from school and worked with the leading artists of the day as a ceramic silk-screen printer managing the printing department. This business was eventually sold and still continues today.
The Chown family moved to Cornwall in the late eighties and set up Chown China Ltd producing silk-screen printed china for both local and international clients.
The current family members comprise of Stewart (printer and MD), his wife Debbie (accounts etc), Debbie's son Lewis (design and dye sublimation printing) and Stewart's daughter Bridie (sales and Etsy), with help from out two expert lithographers Jodie and Barbara.