How to Clean Collectibles Made of Porcelain and Ceramics

The lovely décorative ceramic item can be a perfect choice to furnish your home. Although ceramic seems to be very fragile, you still can maintain the item very easily. Moreover, if you take care of it properly, you can prolong the color, paintings, other small details with the look of timeless beauty as if it has just arrived!

1.Start Cleaning: wipe off the dust and dirt of your beloved ceramic collectibles. Find a soft cloth and place it at the bottom of the item as cushion protection from scratches and breaking. Clean the item with lukewarm water and mix with a mild detergent. Gently apply the clean sponge or cloth to rub all areas of the ceramic until it gets clean and shiny. Rinse the water to wash out and leave the ceramic to dry. You can alternatively use a soft cloth to wipe off the water from ceramic, please do it gently and carefully until it dries completely.

Tips: Don’t forget to take off your jewelry in order to prevent your lovely ceramic from the scratch. Carefully select soft sponge without hard/rough surface, microfiber cloth, or lint-free non-scratching cloth.

2. Ceramic Crazing: If the ceramic has some crazing issues, you will need to soak it in warm milk overnight. On the next day, wash your ceramic in warm water with a mild detergent, it will effectively help to reduce ceramic crazing.

3. Ceramic Scratch: If your ceramic has some scratches which are not too deep on the surface, use a soft sponge with baking soda to wipe away the scratch. You can either use baking soda or white toothpaste as the alternative scratch remover as well.

4. Stubborn Stain: For the ceramic with a stubborn stain, it may need extra care and attention. Try using the mixture of salt and vinegar together, then soak the ceramic in the mixed water for a few minutes. If it doesn’t work, the ceramic needs to be soaked a bit longer or up to an hour. Alternatively, you can use baking soda and water to apply to the problem area and scrub it gently.

5. Storage: For ceramic storage, the item needs to keep and wrap in the newspaper as the first line of defense for this fragile item. Place it in order and avoid stacking ceramic directly on the floor, hard object, or top of each other, because it may get broken or scratch easily.

6. Ceramic for dinner wear and food/drink container: When using ceramic items for food or drink containers, don’t just leave and let them dry. Those items should be cleaned immediately with a mild detergent. Remove residues and wipe the ceramic with a soft sponge gently, add some mild detergent, and clean it inside and outside. If you forget to clean your ceramics and let the food stains dry until sticking to the plates, you’ll have the extra work for sure. When the residue and stain stick on the object like a ceramic, it’s very difficult to clean and remove. Moreover, the oily grease from food can build-up and causes discoloration, scratches, and stains. 

Tips: Remove the food stain after every use. Cleaning is the key to maintain your ceramic items and it can help to enhance the beautiful appearance and long-term protective effect.

Palm Vase Story

Sophisticated Minimalist Handmade Porcelain Vase

Our gorgeous handmade porcelain vase inspired by waving palm leaves. Featuring with a curvy shape with a lot of dramatic texture and details. Pure craftsmanship and carefully made to portray the beauty of nature. Simple and minimalist looks appearance but hidden with sophisticated feeling within. Replacing your empty space with this beautiful vase to ease your mind. This beautiful artwork is a practical and resolute mood and a cloudy day. We made our porcelain vase with love and care and we’d love to share it with you.

The craft and the art of porcelain ceramics: Modern Vase Design

The authentic handmade and hand-painted porcelain ceramics vase of local Thai artisan had turned the ordinary heating clay into the modern vase porcelain ceramics featuring the original handcrafted and contemporary design of Thai cultural heritage background. The traditional Thai craftsmanship is full of stories, arts, culture, and family traditional background through different periods of time. The unique technique of creating a vase is still kept as the family secret for many decades and it’s only passed on through generations and in between families.

The master craftsmen with pure expression and expertise are very unique with local Thai Style. Take a journey with us and explore the handcraft traditional process of our modern ceramic porcelain vase:

Step 1

The beginning of the journey will start by sourcing the finest natural raw material in the local area. The primary ingredient to create exceptional quality porcelain is fine-grained white clay called kaolin. Adding other ingredients such as feldspar or fine bone ash, all characterized in small particle size. Then start to mix all the raw material, add water and gently blending all the mixture.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into the mold. Leave and wait for the formation of the mixture. It will gradually become thicker as needed. Once, the mixture is hardened, remove it from the mold. Bring it out and let the air dry the piece completely. Carefully recheck the piece to dry evenly.

Step 3

The artisan gently crafts the piece and try to get the perfect for trimming and careful drying of the art piece to evaporate water and moisturizer.

Step 4

Begin the last stage with the traditional heating process. The high temperature at 1,250 degrees is required to transform the original raw piece into the beautifully made ceramic porcelain vase. The process aims to heat up to the point that the clay is mature as well as decorative firing purposes. This process is especially worked on the coloring ceramics after the glaze firing stage. The artisan will start to paint and decorate the art piece with the family’s signature style. Burn the ceramic vase again for the last time and wait for the cool down, the completely unique and original ceramic vase porcelain is ready to be a part of your contemporary home decoration.

Our First Collection Story

Our First Collection Story

ALUA has been created from passion in product design and home decoration of the owner. Contrast to modern world that everything is simple and easy, we need something that is detailed and elaborated but fit into the modern home. We intend to do unique style of products. Most of our products have ceramic as a key component of the artwork since the owner has professional background in ceramic work. Every pieces of ceramic are delicately handmade by the experienced Thai artists.

The DESIGNER

Korn Pattrachokchoui has professionally experienced in designed decorative objects for many companies in United State under Familiar Ltd. He is inspired by his family business, ceramic factory, to create new product lines based on ceramic work.