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The most collectors are familiar with the beautiful Lomonosov porcelain from Russia. But in Russia there is a great variety of factories producing all kinds of china and ceramics of the highest quality and design. Here are some of the most famous and popular among the Russian people:


The enterprise, which was founded in 1972, produces faience articles with traditional Kossack regional painting; only ecologically pure materials are used here.

Donskoi faience is characterized by a vivid artistic manner, original forms, attractive brush painting of floral ornaments. The enterprise produces coffee- and tea-sets, dessert services, salad bowls and dishes, caskets, wall decorative dishes, fruit bowls, cheese cutting boards, statuettes, floor vases.

A special trend in contemporary production is painted faience, which is decorated with lace ornaments in openwork or with genre compositions in modelling
Semikarakorsk faience articles are constantly exposed at domestic and international exhibitions and fairs. These articles are of stable buyers' demand.



The famous Russian manufacturers, Kuznetsov brothers, established branch enterprises in Novgorod Region as far back as the 19th century.Inimitable exquisity of shapes and paintings, along with rich colour schemes, brought Kuznetsovs porcelain world-wide fame.

In the 50-ies Bronnitsy enterprise «Vozrozhdeniye» restored forgotten art of Kuznetsovs porcelain. Carrying on traditions of old masters, artists of the enterprise create contemporary cobaltic porcelain. Ancient Novgorod ornaments and subjects of Russian folk-lore are taken as a basis for porcelain renovated decoration. The artists depict fairy-birds, grass and flowers, traditional Novgorod traceries.

Manufacture of statuettes is another very special trend in the creative activities of the enterprise. Funny figurines of Novgorod buffoons, executed by T. Gavrilova, one of the oldest artists at the enterprise, open the merry world of Novgorod fair; the artist also works in other trends - for example, her «Bird-cherry tree» tea-pot gives an idea of the marvelous beauty of the Russian nature. Unique tea- and coffee-set, «Hoar-frost», created by Yu. Andreyev, represents a combination of exquisite classic form and uncommon look at a wintry landscape. The artist's Zakharova paintings, executed in the technique of colour highlight, impress by the rich colourism, complicated ornamentation, splendor of traceries. Works executed by I. Kuznetsov, the chief artist of the enterprise, are distinguished by a great variety of conceptions; these articles are executed sometimes in classic forms, sometimes in the Art Nouveau shapes or in traditions of the Easter eggs.

Artists of the enterprise are in a permanent search of new trends when creating marvelous «blue fairy-tale» of Russia porcelain.



The enterprise, which now produces porcelain tableware and sculpture, was founded on the basis of «Promcooperator» Guild, existed since 1942. First the Guild manufactured earthenware, but from the late 40-ies it came close to renovation of porcelain industry, which had definite traditions in Sysert' - a small porcelain manufacture existed there as far back as the late 19th - the early 20th century.

At present the enterprise produces decorative sculpture on subjects of folk fairy-tales of the Urals Russian narrative poems and ballads; tea- and coffee-sets, decorative vases. Usually the articles are decorated with underglaze painting, but sometimes overglaze painting is applied. Soft brownish-grey and light blue tones are mostly used in painting. Ornamental concepts are often found in the landscapes of the Urals.
The younger generation of artists and technologists works much at technology improvement; they are taking a great interest in manufacture of unique articles of modern shapes. About 480 people work at the enterprise; annual production output is about 1,5 million pieces.

Collections of Sysert' artworks are represented in many museums of the Russian Federation. These articles are rewarded with diplomas of different exhibitions.



Verbilki porcelain always occupied an honorary position in the history of russian porcelain industry.

The Manufactory was founded in 1754 by merchant F. Ya. Gardner; it was the first private enterprise, which manufactured high-quality production. These articles were exposed at All-world exhibitions in Paris and Bruxelles.

Contemporary handicraft industry manufactures thin-walled hand-painted porcelain, statuettes, chess sets, tea- and coffee services and other articles, which are notable for a great variety of shapes and decorative finishings.

These porcelain articles are represented in the collections of the principal museums of Russia. Verbilki production is always of great buyers' demand.


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