History of Hollohazi Porcelain
The World of Hollohazi Porcelain
Hollohazi porcelain is one of the oldest porcelain manufactories in Europe and it is the oldest in Hungary, dating back to 1777. The factory recently celebrated its 243rd year in business, still on the original site in rural Northeastern Hungary amid lush forests and rolling hills. In the beginning, they only made rudimentary, although visually appealing glass cups, bottles, and dishes. At the dawn of the 19th century, the glass industry has flourished. However, the main transport routes and the raw materials needed to manufacture glass were far from the factory site. So, the owner of the factory, Count Karolyi decided to turn it into a ceramic manufactory in 1831, using the kaolin clay found nearby.
Success came in 1857 under the ownership of Ferenc Istvanyi. He developed the small plant into a major manufacturing facility. This ensured full employment in the barely 700 soul village. Although the products were made in a factory, they were still very folksy artifacts. The decorations and motifs were passed on from father to son, hand to hand. Ornamental porcelain such as figurines, lamps, wall clocks appeared with the advent of the 20th century.
A new era began in 1939 with a new owner, a trader named Karoly Szakmary. He implemented new production methods and developed new designs. Hollohazi porcelain enjoyed great popularity not only within the rural population but of the metropolitan gentry as well.
The factory was nationalized by the communist state after the end of World War II, in 1948.
For the next ten years after the nationalization, Hollohazi Porcelain was only allowed to manufacture industrial porcelain. The first applied art pieces appeared again only after 1957.
Starting from the early 1960s, young and talented artists were hired for product development, once again establishing Hollohazi Porcelain as an important vessel for the Hungarian and lately, the European applied art scene.
Demand has been constantly growing for Hollohazi porcelain’s newly designed and traditional ornaments, tableware, and funeral supplies.
For the very first time in its long history, Hollohazi Porcelain has come to America through an authorized, exclusive distributor. We are very honored, that they chose us, Raven Relix Inc. We hope that you will enjoy Hollohazi Porcelain’s beautiful wares as much as we do. To learn more about Raven Relix Inc., click here.
To ensure that your purchase is authentic, we advise you to shop only at our authorized resellers.