The beauty of Royal Worcester painted fruit porcelain can only be achieved thanks to the varied skills that the fruit painters and craftsmen possess. Modern painters can train for up to seven years before being allowed to take their place with the great Worcester artists of the past. The artist uses a palette of translucent colours and after the first layer of colour is applied the item is fired. Following this, further stages of painting and firing are carried out. Translucent colours are used so that the lighter colours underneath will show through and give remarkable depth to the finished piece. However, the whole piece would not be complete without the handcrafted skills of the gilder and burnisher, who use 22 carat gold and various special techniques to add richness and splendour of these beautiful pieces, and of course a final inspection has to be made by a skilled craftsman who has the knowledge, experience and eye for the quality that Royal Worcester customers expect in their finished product.