Two men deserve most of the credit for establishing Norway’s only china factory in Porsgrund in 1885: Johan Jeremiassen, the man who had sufficient faith in his own idea to invest his considerable wealth in the venture, and Carl Maria Bauer, the technical expert and porcelain specialist, who used his sound professional expertise to direct the factory’s construction and to plan production in the crucial early years. The first batch of china was fired on 10 February 1887.
Foto: Dag Jenssen
PORSGRUND today is a proud tradition bearer and heir to a treasured cultural legacy. PORSGRUND’s products reflect the evolution of style over the past century through the designs of the many celebrated Norwegian artists who have undertaken commissions for the factory.
For more than 120 years, the factory has focused on producing prestigious, top-quality products, gaining an excellent reputation for design, quality and craftsmanship. We now see more and more of our sets becoming historical artifacts or cherished heirlooms.
Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik AS is currently still owned by Atle Brynestad and is part of the 3 Norske AS group. Sister companies in the group include Hadeland Glassverk and Christiania Glasmagasin.
Things you might not know about Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik:
In the old days, PORSGRUND made the insulating caps that you can still see on old electricity poles to this day.
PORSGRUND used to make glove forms, condom moulds and lampshades in porcelain.
PORSGRUND’s production workers still use some of the vocabulary introduced by the German porcelain makers who set up the factory. Examples include peau (a short break) and hankesmiths (a small decorative line on a handle).
PORSGRUND’s straw pattern is still hand-painted at the factory.
PORSGRUND porcelain is so strong that four cups can support a car – one under each wheel.