Recreating Nantgarw porcelain

Charles Fountain at Nantgarw Chinaworks Museum, Wales

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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

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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

With thanks to...

Richard Hillsdon

Laura Harris

Alison Ravenscroft

Peter Wakelin

Gillian Tennant-eyles

Jane Verburg

Susan Brown

Alun Taylor

Chris Haines

Annie Flitcroft

William Marshall

Norena Shopland

Penri Williams

Howell Edwards

Elaine Cabuts

Charles Fountain

John Bold

Lynne Golding

Jonathan Fountain

Emily O'Reilly

Elm Morgan

Phil Hughes

Steve Thomas

Ros Lewis Williams

John Phillips

Jill Baird

Rosemary Cochrane

Edna Morgan

Rhiannon Gillespie

Chris Clifford

Dafydd Wiliam

Kate Woodford

Nerissa Gould

Malcolm Stewart

Julie Annetts

Sally Stubbings

Linda Evans

Debbie Barker

Andreas Ruethi

Kathryn Mcleod

Janice Stuckey

Anthony Crees

Angharad Cray

Merrin Kalinowski

Christine Bowen

Graham Craig

Joyce Beck

Patricia Kenber

Dorothy Morgan

Helen Brown

Stewart Abbott

Celia Hunt

Rosanna Harrison

Kathryn Mcleod

Alexander Macpherson

Mick Antoniw

Kelvin Merriott

Jacky Hole

Stephen Peters

Caryn Cox

Victoria Diaz-Vilas

Charles Fountain

Julia Matheson

Lynne Davies

William Zajac

Robert Fountain

Jonathan Gray

Evelyn James

Eurwyn Wiliam

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Sara Huws

Angharad Pearce Jones

Lawrence Butler

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Dylan Rees

Karen Williams

Heather Ferris

Jennifer Pearce

Jonathan Archibald

Ruth Hoffman

Susan James

Elaine Dixon

Elizabeth Blinkhorn

Elizabeth Bishop

Ceri Carter

John Harrison

Christina Bradley

Carolyn Young

Alan Thomas

Anne Williams

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Kate Strudwick

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Angela Walsh

Richard Lynden

Elen Phillips

Tim Bartell

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Angela, USK

1 second ago

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

Charles, Usk

1 second ago

The passion he shows for his subject is extraordinary!

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