When the Christmas plates have been burned once they are spray painted to cover the entire surface with the motif. Then the porcelain painter does the somewhat opposite process of removing colour to make the motif stand out on the Christmas plate.
When the painter has done his job, the Christmas plate is dipped in the porcelain glazing and then burned once again at a higher temperature to make it harden and the glaze becomes a transparent surface.
But do not think that this is the end! Now the sorting begins and the sorting rate is rather high. Christmas plates with faults are removed so only the best remain. Only now can they be packed and shipped out to the shops and onwards to the customers.
Considering all this it is overwhelmingly cheap to buy many older years of Christmas plates. - When you consider how much work goes into the production.
Luckily the interest in Christmas plates have been increasing and we sell many more now, than we have for many years and we are especially happy that many young people have warmed up to them as a decorative item. And it probably helps that many years are cheaply available...