Jan 262011


Meissen porcelain being taken from pottery clay to a finished figurine and plate. The craftsmanship is awesome, the painting skillful and everything in between is in the attention to detail.

It’s not surprising that Meissen is so so collectable.



 11:53 pm  Tableware
Jun 112009

Selection of  earthenware, china, pottery and crystal tableware for your home ….

Aalto Glassware

Aalto Glassware

Tableware UK

Crystal and glass tableware, specializing in Waterford and Royal Doulton. Includes product search by manufacturer or pattern.



Offers selection of handmade white earthenware tableware gifts. Details of outlets, guide to studio workshop process and mailing list.



Past and Present

Features a wide array of discontinued china, crystal, sterling, stainless, silverplate, pewter and dirilyte tableware. Also offers to repair, appraise, identify, or purchase items.


The Studio

Offers tableware such as dinnerware, cutlery, glassware, table linen, and kitchenware from New Zealand.



Glass tableware and vases, dining and patio furniture, and related accessories. Also offers books about the designers.


Annex Cookery

Features gourmet specialty kitchen tools and cookware, including appliances, cutlery, and tablewares.


Bodum Teapots

Products include coffee makers and teapots, mugs and glasses, kitchen and tableware, and spare parts.


Villeroy & Boch

Founded in 1748, Villeroy & Boch is recognised for its Tiles, bathroom and kitchen apparel, synthetics and tableware. Subscribe online for its magazine.


William Yeoward Crystal

Beautiful crystal designs including tableware and decorative pieces inspired by collections of the 18th and 19th Centuries.


Theo Fennell

Theo Fennell Plc design, manufacture and retail precious, and semi precious jewellery as well as a large range of silver and tableware.


 2:23 pm  Tableware
Dec 122007

Belleek Tableware

Once known as the the “Belleek Pottery Works Company” Belleek first conducted business back as early as 1857 manufacturing heavy earthenware and has progressed over the years to become the highly acclaimed creator of fine Parian china which is known the world over.

In 1849 John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited the Castlecaldwell estate, which encompassed the village of Belleek, from his father. Mindful of the plight of his tenants in the aftermath of the potato famine he sought to provide some form of worthwhile employment. An amateur mineralogist, he ordered a geological survey of his land. To his delight it revealed the necessary raw materials to make Pottery – feldspar, kaolin, flint, clay and shale.

The village of Belleek, whose name in Gaelic, beal leice, translates to ‘Flagstone Ford’ was a natural choice to locate the business especially the part of the village known as Rose Isle. This small isle provided the best opportunity to leash the yet untamed power of the River Erne – power to drive a mill wheel strong enough to grind components into Slip, the term applied to liquid potters clay.

Official Website: http://www.belleek.com/

Dec 122007
Royal Crown Derby Dinner Service

Royal Crown Derby Dinner Service

The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company is a privately owned company employing about 300 people and manufactures the highest quality English Fine Bone China at its factory on a four and a half acre site on Osmaston Road, in Derby.

The Company produces bone china tableware, giftware and collectibles for sale primarily in china and glass retailers and department stores, both in the UK and overseas.

The present factory was established in 1878 but the business traces its origins to the original factory which was set up in Nottingham Road in about 1750. Queen Victoria granted permission to include the title “Royal” in the company name in 1890.

There is also a branch office of Royal Crown Derby in North Hollywood, California, USA, responsible for sales and distribution in that country

 6:53 am  Tableware
Dec 122007
Wedgewood porcelain

Wedgewood porcelain

Wedgwood ceramics has been producing international quality tableware and dinnerware for over two centuries.

Founded in 1759 upon the highest standards of porcelain design and innovation, the company continues to uphold these essential factors in maintaining its leading position – even through its acquisition of Waterford Crystal in 1987.

The founder, Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), who is remembered as ‘the Father of English Potters’, was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, in the heart of the English potteries. He set up the business in 1759.

By 1766 he had prospered sufficiently to build a new factory which he named Etruria. Josiah was to sow the first seeds of the innovative spirit which continues to be an integral part of Wedgwood. During his lifetime he invented and produced what remain today three of Wedgwood’s most famous ceramic bodies – Queen’s Ware (1762), Black Basalt (1768) and finally Jasper (1774).

In the nineteenth century, important progress was made at the Wedgwood factory in the use of new machinery, the introduction of the first coloured earthenware bodies and, most importantly, the manufacture of bone china. Wedgwood bone china tableware was to grace the tables of many illustrious homes throughout the world, including the dinner service which President Theodore Roosevelt ordered for the White House.

During the 1930’s, when many English potteries were forced to close down due to unfavourable conditions, Wedgwood’s success continued and in order to increase efficiency, the fifth Josiah Wedgwood decided to build a new factory. A country estate near the village of Barlaston was purchased and a new, modern factory was built. Production started in the 1940’s and since then, the factory has expanded to four times its original size. It is the British pottery industry’s most up-to-date factory.

Wedgwood continues its living tradition of progress in design, in production methods and in the skills of its many craftspeople.


 6:24 am  Tableware