NANTGAWR, Wales – Nantgarw China Works is embarking on a new ambitious new project: recreating the world famous porcelain made in Nantgarw during the early 19th century.
In the early 19th century, William Billingsley arrived at the small hamlet of Nantgarw in South Wales and created arguably the finest porcelain ever made. However, due to the fragility of the fine body, up to 90% of the porcelain was destroyed in the kilns and despite the exceptional quality, the factory closed after only four years of operation. Today individual pieces of Nantgarw porcelain are rare, highly collectible and can swap hands for many thousands of pounds.
For two hundred years, the exact recipe and production methods have remained secret, however recent spectroscopic analysis and historic research, including coded documents unearthed in museum archives, have given us the opportunity to now recreate this extraordinary porcelain.
The organization is using the crowdfunding platform Art Happens to raise £15,000 ($19,291.50). The fund’s site indicates the organization has already surpassed their goal with £15,410 raised.
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