Fine china sticks around. We humans don't. Who made your antique china? And how future antiques are made - That's my website. Join me. It's fun.
Three main areas are covered within this website:-
An insider's look at how figurines are made.
The history & tradition. An art form like no other.
Want to know a mark? Join our china chat.
This website is designed to be an information center for the history of the fine china industry.
It also gives some insights into how we make the stuff.
Figurines make a good a reference point due to their technical complexity compared with, say, a plate.
I write and publish this website myself.
My name is Peter Holland I am a professional ceramic sculptor (more in the About).
I am grateful for the help I have had from site visitors. Clay sculpting apart I am no expert. New contributions from visitors are very welcome.
The 'china chat' section about obscure pottery markings are where you come into your own.
There have been some blinding successes. We have been the first to
solve mysteries pottery marks which now help people like eBay sellers on
a daily basis.
This website IS NOT A CATALOGED ENCYCLOPEDIA, so don't expect to be able to use it like you would a specialist reference book.
USE THE SEARCH BOX!
It only gives results WITHIN THIS SITE (apart from a few Google ads at the top). Describe your mark in words. Use phrases like 'Crown with letter A'
Don't give up after one search. Use a variety of different phrases.
I am interested in the subject, but, of course, I also market my own products and ideas here.
Below is my latest lady figurine sculpture (bone china). This is the sculpt before decoration. There are only ever going to be 25 made.
She is expensive to buy.
She is expensive to make.
Personally, I like her, I like what she represents. But then I made her. I am trying to do the modern day equivalent of an exquisite Chelsea figurine sculpture from the 1700's.
Apart from being hard to make, its longevity imparts a sense of heritage.
Items have to stay around long enough to become antique - and people have to like them enough to collect them and pass them on.
Fine china comes into that category, particularly bone china. Figurines sculptured in porcelain have always been collected, and always will be.
That is, despite fashions coming and going.
The artists, sculptor's and crafter's guide to success