Recreating the finest porcelain ever made
Nantgarw China Works Trust has launched their first ever crowdfunding campaign, calling on the public to help us realise an ambitious new project: the recreation of the world famous porcelain made at Nantgarw, in South Wales during the early years of the 19th century. We’re using the crowdfunding platform Art Happens, hosted by national charity Art Fund, we hope to raise £15,000 in just 30 days, to help make this project a reality.
For two hundred years the exact recipe and production methods have remained secret. However, recent spectroscopic analysis along with historic research, including coded documents unearthed in museum archives, have provided the opportunity to recreate the porcelain for the first time. Using traditional and modern materials, practices and kilns our project team will create a small production facility at Nantgarw to make the porcelain using exactly the same premises as used by William Billingsley in 1813.
The team, including the resident artists at Nantgarw, University specialists, manufacturers of clays, industrial chemists as well as experts in porcelain and bone china, mould making and slip casting will work together to recreate and improve the original porcelain body and glaze.