The screen printed decals are placed in a pan of warm water and soaked for a few seconds, which enables the colour print to slide from the backing paper. The colour print is then placed on to the ceramic surface to decorate. Once the design has been carefully applied and adjusted to the correct position, any excess water and air bubbles are expertly removed by rubbing the squeegee from the centre of the print to the outer corner, something that comes with many years of experience and practice. The mug is then left to dry at room temperature for one day. After drying, the colour print is vitrified and fused (fired) to the mug in a kiln making the colour print permanent.
This video shows how the silk screen printed ‘Maisy’ transfer was hand applied to the Torie Jayne Design fine bone china mug in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. I went along to see the process and confirm the exact placement of the print.