Recreating Nantgarw porcelain

Charles Fountain at Nantgarw Chinaworks Museum, Wales

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£16,245 raised
105 funders

Funded 5 July 2017

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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.

We need your help to raise £15,000 to recreate Nantgarw porcelain. We will use traditional and modern materials, practices and kilns to make the porcelain on the same premises used by William Billingsley in 1813. In return for your donation, you will receive a limited-edition reward to say thank you (or diolch yn fawr as we say in Wales).

If you have any questions or need help donating, contact arthappens@artfund.org

The finest porcelain ever made – says who?

Many ceramics experts regard Nantgarw porcelain as the finest due to its exceptional whiteness, fineness of grain and incredible translucency... Read more

What will we make from the new porcelain?

What type of products were made at Nantgarw in the past and what do we intend to make in the future?... Read more

Your donations will now be doubled!

Through Art Fund, a private donor has pledged to match donations pound for pound up to a total of £5,000 plus more details of our unique rewards... Read more

The Nantgarw Bottle kilns

Discover why firing the delicate porcelain in the coal-fired bottle kilns was fraught with difficulty... Read more

Update from a Nantgarw artist in residence

How William Billingsley's legacy inspires and informs contemporary ceramic practice at Nantgarw China Works... Read more

Less than ten days to go …

Thanks to all your fantastic donations we have reached 75% of our target. Now we just need a final push to reach the target ... Read more

Help us go further!

Thanks to your support we've achieved our target. However if we can raise another £2,500 we can purchase new equipment!... Read more

For funders only

Progress update

After collating and processing our research, ordering equipment and raw materials we are starting our first test frit... Read more

Work is gathering pace and an update on rewards’

Exciting news on the awakening of Nantgarw porcelain and rewards... Read more

Nantgarw porcelain tests are underway and rewards update

The first Nantgarw porcelain created for 200 years is now being tested... Read more

Thanks to your support we’ve done it!

For the first time in 200 years William Billingsley’s incredible porcelain is, once again, being made at Nantgarw China Works... Read more

Charles, Usk

16 June 2017 - 15:50

The passion he shows for his subject is extraordinary!

Angela, USK

15 June 2017 - 17:58

If it is good enough for Henry Sandon, it is good enough for me: Who better to endorse Nantgarw porcelain?

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