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bring 246 years of craft to the table

Two centuries and then some. A catalogue of collections that span times, trends, and styles. Treasured artworks created by the most inspired minds and the most delicate touch of hand. The story of Royal Copenhagen’s craftsmanship is a tale of undying passion and a craft mastered by the few. From the designer’s first sketch to the careful creation of each piece, it is the passion of the porcelain factory that breathes the soul into every piece of porcelain.​

FROM SKETCH TO SHAPE AND SOUL

The story of Royal Copenhagen craftsmanship invites you into a world of curiosity, with new chapters written with every new piece of porcelain brought to tables around the world.

Bringing an idea to life is also a process of testing as many things can go wrong in the process. Which is why the final results, the pieces that exist are fine examples of the highest quality craftsmanship.

First thoughts

An idea strikes and is sketched or created by the designer or artist. This first form is considered and submitted. It's the first step in a lengthy process.

Taking shape

The sketch is then modelled in 3D on a computer and from that design, a fragile first model is created by a 3D printer. This printing process, which can take up to a day, lays ultra-thin layers of porcelain over each other until the form takes shape.

The story of Royal Copenhagen’s craftsmanship is a tale of undying passion and a craft mastered by the few. From the designer’s first sketch to the careful creation of each piece, it is the passion of the porcelain factory that breathes the soul into every piece of porcelain. 

The sculptor's model

The craft of the sculptor lies in carefully and patiently perfecting every little detail of the model that is to become a finished piece of porcelain – a demanding technique that can take several weeks. 

THE CASTING

The casting process is one known by heart by the craftsmen of Royal Copenhagen, and when liquid porcelain has been poured into a mould, the casters know just how long it takes for the mould to absorb the moisture and a perfect porcelain shell to appear.

Historic strokes

A craft known by many but mastered by few is the hand painting of Royal Copenhagen porcelain. Fabled through centuries, the fine lines are applied with the light brushstrokes of a craft inherited from blue painter to blue painter through centuries.

Airbrushed hues

Not as famous but just as complicated as the hand painting of porcelain is applying colour by airbrush. A technique perfected through decades, airbrushing requires the steady hand of a skilled craftsman to ensure that subtle shades blend together seamlessly on porcelain surfaces.

The art of glazing

Whether a porcelain piece is painted before or after glazing or not at all, glazing porcelain requires a firm grip and swift movements to create a thin, glossy layer on the porcelain to highlight its delicate details.

the firing

After the porcelain has been diped in the glossy glace, the pieces ares now fired at nearly 1375 degrees celcius and undergoes a shrinking process losing up to 14% of its size. Many pieces are lost during this final firing; one in five items may be discarded after this step