Michelle Henning Porcelain Jewelry Learn More ...  

Porcelain is a combination of pure white clay, flint (hard quartz), and feldspar (a silicate). When fired to a high temperature (2400 f.+), they fuse together, similar to the way that silica, soda and lime fuse together to form glass. Once fired, the porcelain becomes a very fine, strong, non-porous body. Porcelain originated during the Sung Dynasty (10th-13th century), in China. It quickly became highly valued for its translucency and strength. It took over 300 years for Europeans to be able to duplicate the closely guarded porcelain formula. It has had a long existence, but porcelain's exceptional characteristics have never been matched, and it is still highly revered today.
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Here to the right, the porcelain is meticulously rolled out.
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At left , the porcelain is cut, using a knife or "cutters" made from tin cans.
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Below, shows the clay being pressed and shaped.
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Each piece (right) is either incised or signed by hand with my logo.
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Are done while the piece is still damp. This includes the application of color and design. Each piece is then bisqued-fired, glazed-fired, and luster-fired before it is finished into jewelry. This process takes about 4 weeks to complete. 14 ky gold or silver (fine and/or sterling), semi-precious stones and occasionally found objects are added to make each porcelain piece into fine contemporary art jewelry.

Michelle Henning Porcelain Jewelry

Telephone: 207-833-5556 • Fax: 207-833-5719
1686 Harpswell Neck Rd. Harpswell, ME 04079
General Information & Sales:michelle@henningporcelain.com