Only then does the artist begin work, creating each design entirely by hand, building up the image using a specially prepared palette of ceramic colours. Different shades and types of pigment require firing at different temperatures, and each plaque will return to the kiln several times before it is finished. The end result is beautiful ceramic art in colours that will never fade.

The finishing touch is to mount the plaque into a hand-made frame, using wood whose colour and finish is specially chosen to complement the artwork. Unlike other forms of art a hand-painted ceramic plaque will never lose its vibrancy.