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What makes Dunoon so special?

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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! 

 Dunoon Fine Bone China

Quality Clays:

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.

 

Slip Cast:

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! 

 

 

 

The Making of Dunoon Teaware

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

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:

Making Dunoon Fine Bone China

Making Dunoon Fine Bone China                                     Making Dunoon Fine Bone China

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:

Making Dunoon Fine Bone China

Making Dunoon Fine Bone China

Clay is mixed with water to form a suspension known as slip. 

 

3. Filling the moulds with slip:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China 

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: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The excess slip is poured our and the mould allowed to drain. 

 

5. Opening the moulds

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The moulds are opened and the soft clay mug is taken out

 

6. Sponging the clay mug:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China    Dunoon Fine Bone China

The dry clay mug is sponged by hand to remove any imperfections. 

 

7. Handle casting:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China Dunoon Fine Bone China

The hands are cast in a similar manner to the mugs in a two-part mould. 

 

8. Sticking the handle: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The clay mugs are placed onto kiln cars which are wheeled into & out of the kiln. 

 

10. Biscuit kiln:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The firing takes eleven hours & is to 1220 degrees Celsius in a gas kiln. 

 

11. Biscuit selection & grinding: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China        Dunoon Fine Bone China

Once fired, the biscuit mugs are inspected, any faults are ground our using a sanding belt. 

 

12. Polishing the biscuit mug: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

 

Once fired, the biscuit mugs are inspected & polished in a vibro mill. 

 

13. Applying the glaze: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China    Dunoon Fine Bone China

Glaze is applied by hand dipping. the glaze is a glass powder suspended in water. 

 

14. Glost Kiln:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

After lost firing each mug us inspected & any fault polished out before decorating. 

 

17. Lithograph standards: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Each mug is decorated to a set standard. 

 

18. Applying the litho:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China Dunoon Fine Bone China

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: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

21: Final inspection:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The finished mugs are 100% inspected for faults. The Dunoon shield label is only applied to conforming mugs. 

 

22. Packing & despatching:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The mugs are put into inner cartons & orders are made up for despatch. 

 

23. Design studio: 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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:

Dunoon Fine Bone China

 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

The original artwork is separated and individual screens are made before screen printing each colour down onto water slide transfer paper. 

How to care for your Dunoon products

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dunoon Fine Bone China

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. 

 

Microwave

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. 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Introducing PEI's History Guy

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

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. 

Recently, I stumbled upon a blog that shares glimpses of PEI's past. PEI History Guy, was started by Isaac Stewart a freelance historian based in Charlottetown. 

Isaac is passionate about Prince Edward Island history and he's on a mission to preserve and promote Island heritage. Isn't that wonderful!

 


PEI's history guy

 

Take a peak at Isaac's blog and join me in delving into PEI's history.  

From his blog, A damned queer parliament:

"I found myself a bit pressed for time this week, so today’s post will be short and sweet, and if it makes you laugh…well, that’s more or less the point. It never fails to get a chuckle out of me, mainly because I consider the story to be so very Prince Edward Island. Off we go!
The next time you find yourself walking down Queen Street in Charlottetown, keep an eye out for a weathered plaque affixed to the exterior of a well-kept brick establishment housing Terre Rouge Bistro Marche in one half, and Liquid Gold Olive Oils & Vinegars in the other. . ."

Life is about Choice

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton
(Video courtesy of CBC)  

 

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!

Don't Look Back, You're Not Going That Way

Posted on January 06, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

 

Night Sky

 

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.

 This poem has great meaning in my life and I hope it also speaks to you.

Don't Look Back, You're Not Going That Way
As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.
There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can’t yet comprehend!
Perhaps you’ll find friendships that spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,
Perhaps you’ll go places you never expected
And see things that you’ve never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!
Perhaps you’ll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who’s there
To help you stay cantered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.
Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They’ll be the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day…
There’s a brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road –
Don’t look back! You’re not going that way!

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And the 2015 Win a Trip Winner is. . .

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Bruce MacNaughton

Congratulations to Tom and Linda Myers of 

Winter Springs, Florida

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Tom and Linda Myers Win a Trip to Prince Edward Island
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"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 Myers
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We'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. 
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