What is Porcelain?

Porcelain was developed in china over many centuries. From its beginnings in the tang dynasty (618-906ad) it developed into a precious trading commodity. By the time of the song dynasty (960-1279ad) chinese emperors had founded the imperial porcelain facories at jingdezehn in central china. This area was ideally suited to the production of porcelain because of the avialability of the essential raw materials – kaolin, a pure white clay and a combination of minerals including fledspar.  Fired at a very high temperature this produced a white translucent glass-like thin and strong body of porcelain unknown in europe. The name porcelain is derived from the italian “porcellana” meaning “little pig”, a type of fine seashell to which the material bore a likeness. The first porcelain produced in Europe was at the Meissen factory in about 1720, from there it spread to France and in the 1740s porcelain made its first appearance in London at the Chelsea workshops.

Our porcelain uses kaolin from Limoges in France. This produces that fine white translucent porcelain which is in so much demand at the high end of the bespoke market.