Eagerly awaiting. Over forty minutes. Sometimes even more than an hour. And then the moment when the new pattern emerges from the tunnel kiln into the light. With white gloves carefully, like a freshly baked cake, taken from the roller belt. The first appraisal.
Was it worth the work? Does the stamp, the design, the gloss channel, the effects fit? The tile is held appreciatively against the light, touched, carried into the daylight, turned and turned over.
When you see a satisfied smile flit across your colleagues’ lips, you can begin to understand the enthusiasm with which they have worked towards this moment. To develop and manufacture a product that will almost certainly last a lifetime.