Porsgrunds Porcelain Factory is Norway’s oldest, having been going for over 125 years.
After a revamp, the factory is now ready for a new era.
“Porcelain basically lasts forever,” says Stine Gjørtz, manager of Porsgrunds Porcelain Factory. “It’s made by burning clay.
This makes it compact, giving it amazing durability. You can trace its use back several thousand years.”
It seems apt that this material should reflect the timelessness of the factory in which it has played such an important role.
Established in 1885, Porsgrunds Porcelain Factory makes products that echo over a century’s worth of design history, History in the making
played out by the many known Norwegian artists and designers that have been involved with the company’s work.
Nowadays, the biggest challenge is meeting the ever-changing needs of the modern market.
“The company has a long and valued relationship with Norwegian cultural heritage and traditions,
which is very important to us,” explains Gjørtz, History in the making
“but at the same time we want to focus on continuous development and innovative design.”
One of the ways in which the company has achieved this is by welcoming new designers to its team, each with their unique contribution.
It has reorganised its distribution and expanded its product range to include more home and interior products, a
long with gift items. The factory also launched a snazzy new porcelain knife that has gone down very well with customers.
Even so, one of its most popular items is still Norwegian tableware.
“It might seem odd to others that Norwegians collect crockery; you get a cup for your christening, a bowl for your wedding, a plate here, a milk jug there,”
Gjørtz laughs. “But collectable crockery is an age-old Norwegian tradition.”
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