Union Porcellane: masterpieces created with Capodimonte porcelain

Union Porcellane: masterpieces created with Capodimonte porcelain
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Union Porcellane

Our journey with Confartigianato Vicenza continues and today we are going to discover something new about the amazing Vicenza territory. We are going to talk about porcelain and Union Porcellane, a company that since forty years produces floral compositions using Capodimonte porcelain.

 

porcelain flowers

 

The story of Union Porcellane

Union Porcellane was created in 1972 in Sandrigo, a city with 8,453 inhabitants in the province of Vicenza, a land of ancient tradition of porcelain. The company was founded by Cesare Vicino and Rosanna Pace.

At that time the Vicenza ceramic was on top of both the national market and the international ones, and Union Porcellane would carve out an important space soon after. In the first 20 years the company focused exclusively on the production of porcelain flowers, which were manufactured according tothe techniques of the famous Neapolitan Capodimonte works of craftmanship, and then decorated following the ancient local artistic tradition.

In the 90s, the beauty of the flowers was added to the refinement of the bisquit porcelain dolls, decorated by hand. A winning combination destined to prevail particularly in the Italian and German markets.

In 2000, despite the great international economic difficulties that led to a significant reduction in production and export, the company renounced to attractive offers to transfer production abroad. It also renewed the tradition and family history by bringing in Alessandro, Daniela and Laura, sons of the founders and now the only owners.

The company had managed to remain competitive by focusing on the quality of the product, raw materials and design, but also by making important productive investments. The most important  investment of which occurred in 2003 to the acquisition of the historic “Napoleon” brand, allowed it to re-launch itself among the leading companies in the sector and to return to being a leader.

The company is now the result of forty years of experience, research, tradition, respect of the craftmanship and attention to the innovations of the new millennium. With these credentials, Union Porcellane continues to offer diversified and constantly revisited articles on the markets. Each porcelain flower is an unique piece of art, exclusive and unrepeatable.

These are the ingredients from which the unmistakable signature style of Union Porcellane, synonym of tradition, quality and excellence in the markets all over the world, was born.

 

Capodimonte porcelain

 

Here you can find Union Porcellane:

Official webiste –> go to the website <–

Amazon –> go to Amazon shop <–

 

A short history of the porcelain

China is the land where porcelain was manufactured first: it is thought that the first monochrome jars were created during the Tang Dinasty, which lasted from 618 to 907.

During the following centuries the creation of porcelain reached an outstanding quality level, and during the Ming Dinasty (1368-1644) the porcelain reached the greatest production and diffusion.

Porcelain production also spread to Korea and Japan before arriving in Europe, where the first evidence dates back to XIII century, with the Milione by Marco Polo. In the same period Persia, Egypt, Constantinople and Venice became the main gates for the entry of the porcelain into Europe.

In that time porcelain was defined as “the white gold” and became a product of the highest luxury.

Since then the art of creating porcelain objects became more requested: the first master artisans appeared in Italy and important production centers sprang up.

 

 

The Capodimonte porcelain

Among the different types of porcelain, the one that we are more interested in is the Capodimonte porcelain, used by Union for its works.

This kind of porcelain has got specific features that make it different from the other types. The dough is in fact very soft and milky.During the cooking this soft porcelain withdraws by 20%. This brings back an unmistakable style with a naturalistic structural harmony.

 

 

The porcelain processing

The creation of the object always starts from an idea of ​​the artist and his creativity. This is why the first thing that is done is the track (or draft), a design of the object you want to realize.

Once realized the track (or draft), the first thing to do is create a plaster model, made by a lathe, which defines the shape of the object. Then it is chiseled and sculpted by hand to release the details of the object, obtaining the cast to get the first shape.

At this point the artisan, pours the porcelain (in liquid form) inside the mold, leaving it to dry, and then removing the excess porcelain to obtain the raw object.

After that,  the so-called finishing phase starts where they can eliminate any smudges and imperfections.

The next step is the cooking, which takes place at a temperature of 1250 degrees for 8-12 hours, followed by the decoration phase, during which the artist decorates the object by hand.

The last phase consists in the cooking at 750 degrees to fix the colour. It will be necessary to wait about 8 hours to see the finished product.

 

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