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What do Putin and Schwarzenegger have in common? Pottery.

What do Putin and Schwarzenegger have in common? Pottery.
By Doloresz Katanich
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We went to Herend manufactory where generations of craftsmen have been creating luxury porcelain for nearly 200 years.


Behind the scenes of Herend luxury Porcelain Manufactory, we found a unique 200-year old club: the people who create this porcelain.

Today, it is the world’s biggest porcelain manufactory, but inside it remains a family affair. Passing down the craftmanship from one generation to the next has been common practice.

The workers here own 75 percent of the manufactory, which has 16.000 different shapes and 4.000 different patterns on offer. Herend values its heritage, and its clients are faithful.

One of the most famous is Queen Victoria, who at the London World Fair in 1851 ordered a complete service for Windsor Castle. In honour of the Queen, Herend Porcelain named the pattern after Her.

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are the latest members of the British Royal Family to own a Herend porcelain service. The company has clients in 60 countries around the world, including the Russian President, the Sultan of Oman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The designer of the Manufactory is always creating new shapes and forms, like a chess set, decorated with the famous ‘Vieux Herend’ pattern, or a unique porcelain cryptex, a mechanical device inspired by the ‘The Da Vinci Code’ story. The manufactory also has its own jewellery collection – a combination of classical lines and gold and platinum.

It is said that once you own a piece of this exquisite jewelry, you will always come back for more.

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