All of the ware supplied by Duchess China Ltd is 100% made and decorated in the UK. Established in 1888 Duchess China Ltd manufactures Fine Bone China Tableware in Stoke-on-Trent (‘The Potteries’) and is one of the last few remaining tableware manufacturers in the UK. We work closely with a number of blue chip retailers who still value the quality that come with being ‘Made in England’.
Duchess China manufactures a wide tableware range, from cups and saucers, to Teapots, Soup Tureens and vegetable dishes. Fine Bone China is categorised as having more than 45% animal bone within the formulation, it is this constituent that give it its strength and translucent qualities when combined with Cornish China Clay and Feldspars.
A fine bone china product will go through over 15 different manufacturing processes and has three ceramic firings, and four if it is finished with gold decoration. This excludes the initial design and modelling of the shape, design fitting and reproduction of the ‘Lithographs’ to be applied to the mugs.
Ceramic manufacturing is still a labour intensive process and accounts for over half the manufacturing cost of the product, you are not only getting a great looking product but can be assured that you are supporting British jobs.
The manufacturing process still has its roots firmly planted in a traditional, and environmentally sustainable process. The elegant exclusive designs date back over 50 years, with modern screen printed Lithographs with fantastic detail which are still applied by hand. Our highly skilled workforce with over 300 years experience between them, enable our final product to retain outstanding durability and colour vibrancy even when used in dishwashers and microwaves, a product we should.
Duchess China is committed to an environmental and sustainable manufacturing process, with the utmost responsible for handling waste and rejected products.
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