Dunoon is a thriving family business manufacturing the highest quality Fine Bone China mugs and teaware in int factory in Stone, Staffodshire. Dunoon's strength is in producing superior mugs that are objects of beauty and yet practical for everyday use.
Dunoon's philosophy of producing the highest quality mugs, well designed in both shape and pattern and manufactured with the greatest care for the discerning customer begins by using the finest clay available from Cornwall, South england, which gives Dunoon mugs their translucency whiteness and strength.
You might be wondering what Dunoon's special features are. Well, we're glad you asked!
As we mentioned above, Dunoon uses a very high quality Fine Bone China clay containing 50% crushed animal bone giving the mugs their translucency, whiteness and strength.
China clays and stoneware clays sourced are of the highest quality.
Dunoon slip-cast the ugs- making them fine and light, yet resilient and strong.
Glazes and Pattern Reproduction:
Dunoon uses high quality glazes and prints to ensure excellent detail and color reproduction of the designs as originally intended by the designer.
Variety and Wealth of Design:
Dunoon uses both experience in-house designers and a number of regular freelance designers. This gives Dunoon its wide variety as well as the constant design updates required in today's markets.
Classic and Contemporary Design:
Dunoon is constantly updating its portfolio of designs. The Dunoon design team always keep their eyes peeled for new and contemporary idea as well as maintaining classic and traditional themes. They truly cater to all tastes.
Factory Quality Standards:
Dunoon mugs are inspected 100%. They are inspected three times during the manufacturing process and once at final inspection.
There are 27 separate processes to manufacture the mugs. They make a mug every 2.5 seconds of the working day. Pretty neat!
Dunoon's strength is in producing superior mugs that are objects of beauty and yet practical for everyday use. Join us and take a peek behind the scenes at Dunoon's headquarters to see how Dunoon products are made!
Dunoon Making Process:
1. Making plaster moulds:
Plaster and water are mixed in a jug to a set ratio. The mix is pure into rubber cases and allowed to set.
2. Making slip:
Clay is mixed with water to form a suspension known as slip.
3. Filling the moulds with slip:
The slip is poured into moulds on the casting process. The moulds travel to the end of the casting belt in about five minutes.
4. Tipping the excess slip:
The excess slip is poured our and the mould allowed to drain.
5. Opening the moulds
The moulds are opened and the soft clay mug is taken out
6. Sponging the clay mug:
The dry clay mug is sponged by hand to remove any imperfections.
7. Handle casting:
The hands are cast in a similar manner to the mugs in a two-part mould.
8. Sticking the handle:
The handle is dabbed into the slip and applied to the mug body by hand. The excess slip from around the handle joint is wiped away with a sponge.
9. Placing & firing the clay mug:
The clay mugs are placed onto kiln cars which are wheeled into & out of the kiln.
10. Biscuit kiln:
The firing takes eleven hours & is to 1220 degrees Celsius in a gas kiln.
11. Biscuit selection & grinding:
Once fired, the biscuit mugs are inspected, any faults are ground our using a sanding belt.
12. Polishing the biscuit mug:
Once fired, the biscuit mugs are inspected & polished in a vibro mill.
13. Applying the glaze:
Glaze is applied by hand dipping. the glaze is a glass powder suspended in water.
14. Glost Kiln:
The dried, glazed ware is placed onto the kiln cars. These are put into an elective kiln and fired to 1080 degrees Celsius for seven hours.
15. Reduction after firing:
From start to finish, the mug reduces in size. the clay mug starts our 12.5% larger than the finished fired mug.
16. Glost selection & grinding:
After lost firing each mug us inspected & any fault polished out before decorating.
17. Lithograph standards:
Each mug is decorated to a set standard.
18. Applying the litho:
The litho is put into water which allow it to slide off the backing paper. After application, water and air are removed from beneath the litho with a squeegee.
19. Firing the lithographed ware:
The lithographed ware is placed onto kiln cars and fired in an electric kiln to 825 degrees Celsius in five hours. During the firing the glaze softens and the enamel colours stick to the glaze surface.
20. Decorating kilns:
21: Final inspection:
The finished mugs are 100% inspected for faults. The Dunoon shield label is only applied to conforming mugs.
22. Packing & despatching:
The mugs are put into inner cartons & orders are made up for despatch.
23. Design studio:
The design studio has a very important role to play ay Dunoon. Original design concepts are generated by our in-house designers and from feedback from our sales team.
24. Lithograph printing:
The original artwork is separated and individual screens are made before screen printing each colour down onto water slide transfer paper.
Washing your Dunoon products by hand offers the safest long-term protection. As handcrafted fine bone china, Dunoon teaware is sturdy, but it does require some special care.
Firstly, use a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scourers as these can scratch. Do not use an polishing liquids on precious metal decoration.
Dunoon products can be used in the dishwasher, unless they have precious metal decoration. The various detergents vary in strength, and some are quite caustic in their action. Use a mild detergent and follow the instructions as to the concentration. If these instructions are followed, Dunoon mugs will last many cycles before color fade is obvious. All on-glaze decorated ceramics will eventually fade in the dishwasher.
When loading the dishwasher, load carefull with no edges touching.
Tea and Coffee Stains
The removal of lead from glazes to meet health legislation, has rendered ceramicware more susceptible to staining. Always rinse mugs and cups immediately after use.
A build up of stain can easily be removed with a soak in a weak solution of bleach.
Soaking in a mixture of salt and water often works.
Thermal Shock (splitting through rapid expansion)
Avoid pouring boiling water directly into fine cup and mugs. Always put the milk in first, or if you do not take milk, pour the water over the back of a teaspoon.
Dunoon products can be used in the microwave, except where they have precious metal decoration. This is because the microwaves cause sparks on good conducting metals.
It's no secret, I love Prince Edward Island.
And I love meeting folks who share my passion for this beautiful province.
PEI is home to the breathtaking scenery, scrumptious culinary, friendly folks and rich history.
Isaac is passionate about Prince Edward Island history and he's on a mission to preserve and promote Island heritage. Isn't that wonderful!
Take a peak at Isaac's blog and join me in delving into PEI's history.
From his blog, A damned queer parliament:
This muse is a story about John Lister, a 90-year-old who says he has too much to do.
After watching his interview, it started me thinking about choices and conformity.
Life is about choice. We choose how we respond to what life has brought us so far. We either positively grab life by the shoulders and shake everything out of it for our own purposes or we choose to become victims of everything it has thrown at us per se'. I know from experience that once we choose to learn from our own mistakes, forgive others and ourselves, and to give genuine, heart felt love freely, we truly begin to live life to the fullest.
John Lister doesn't plan on retiring. He runs a beef cattle operation with 40 beef cows on a 300-acre farm in Dromore. Mr. Lister still makes his own bread and cooks his own meals.
"I don't believe in retirement," he said. "That's people's problem. They retire and do nothing, until they get a box to put them in," Lister told Pat Martell, a CBC reporter in a recent interview.
Lister, who was born in England, moved to Prince Edward Island after his wife passed away 40 years ago.
"I'm quite happy. Life just comes along. And one day, I will go. And that's that," he said. "It don't worry me. I firmly believe that when you look on the calendar, there's a day on it, and that's it. And when you get to that day, you're gonna die," said Lister.
I hope you enjoyed watching and listening to Mr. Lister as much as I did. I certainly enjoyed his comments and my time reflecting on them.
Don't think about retiring, how about thinking of living to the fullest.
Have a great week!
At this time of year many folks, myself included, are looking into the next year and setting goals, making resolutions, planting hopes or making promises to themselves and others, all in effort to experience a difference in life.
When we look back we might discover disappointments, promises broken, regrets, dreams forgotten, and so on. But it's best to only look back if we're prepared to learn from the past and keep moving on, into the future.
I hope the new year is one of adventure and happiness for you. Give 'er all you got because it is all we have.
"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down." Ray Bradbury— The Preserve Company (@PreserveCompany) January 5, 2016
This poem has great meaning in my life and I hope it also speaks to you.
Congratulations to Tom and Linda Myers of
Winter Springs, Florida
l"We don’t even know what to say, we are so surprised! Thank you so very much, we feel so blessed to be chosen." Tom and Linda MyerslWe'll be welcoming the Myers back to Prince Edward Island as they've visited here in the past. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog in the next months, as we'll share snippets of their Island adventure while they're here.lWould you like to enter to Win a Trip to Prince Edward Island? You can do so HERE. If you're already a newsletter subscriber, your name will be entered into the 2016 Win a Trip draw.ll