The Drop Three is the final instalment in Original BTC’s Drop collection. Designed in 2001, a year before Original BTC’s acquisition of its bone china factory, the Drop Three was so technically challenging to manufacture, it was pulled from the collection. Today, thanks to nearly two decades of investment in the Stoke-on-Trent factory’s team and capabilities, the Drop Three has finally landed.
Pushing bone china to its very limits, the Drop Three uses highly skilled, labour-intensive processes to create its beautifully curved form. Sculptural and organic, the rounded shade is slip cast using a two-part mould so heavy it requires four hands to lift. Turned upside down, the mould is filled to its brim with liquid clay. “The challenge is pouring out the excess slip as it gets stuck in the curves,” explains Director Charlie Bowles.