Mor Fischer immediately started manufacturing porcelain, which was timely because, at that time, it was almost impossible for the Hungarian aristocracy to replace broken pieces or get new original pieces from the China and Europe. He was an instant success.
Herend porcelain was exhibited in Vienna at the Hungarian Applied Art Exhibition in 1845; at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, in New York in 1853 and Paris in 1855, making Herend pottery famous world-wide.
As we toured the factory, we were awed at the level of expertise required to create these stunning artisan works.
First we were shown examples of the different techniques used at the factory, hand throwing, casting, sculpting and handwork. The first technique we watched was throwing the clay.
To become a Master Painter or Craftsman at the Herend Factory, artists must have perfected their craft down to the tiniest details, but they must also be innovative and creative so that the factory continues to manufacture their exquisite original porcelain designs at a high standard, while adding new and unique designs to its collection.
Among the Herend Factory's famous customers were, Queen Victoria, Rothschild, and of course the Royal Court of Franz Joseph 1st, along with other notables and aristocrats. Herend developed unique and now well-known patterns for these customers. Queen Victoria’s dinnerware pattern was ordered by her for Windsor Castle and the pattern is considered to be somewhat Chinese-like and a mix of woodland flowers and butterflies.
We left the Herend Porcelain Factory with new admiration for the work necessary to create these beautiful pieces of art!