Polish Porcelain Factories ‘Ćmielów’ and ‘Chodzież’
Polskie Fabryki Porcelany (Polish Porcelain Factories) ‘Ćmielów’ and ‘Chodzież’ S.A. are the largest thin-walled porcelain factories in Europe. The company was established by merging two companies – Porcelain Works ‘’Ćmielów’ Sp. z o.o. and ‘Chodzież’ S.A. It is a combination of a rich history and unique design, drawn from the two oldest porcelain factories. Polish Porcelain Factories ‘Ćmielów’ and ‘Chodzież S.A. create unique items, pay attention to the smallest detail and emphasize the craftsmanship and the adornment. Collections ‘Ćmielów’ return to the roots by reproducing the oldest, unique, traditional tableware and by showing it in a new exclusive version.
Polish Porcelain Factories are the owner of three brands: ‘Ćmielów’, ‘Chodzież’ and ‘Ćmielów Design Studio’. Classic and traditional ‘Ćmielów’, is famous for its historical collections, which are sold to monarchs and heads of state around the world. The elegant and functional ‘Chodzież’ and a brand new ‘Ćmielów Design Studio’ set a line of modern porcelain. All three brands offer the highest standards of quality, while Ćmielów Design Studio implies a new, creative approach to porcelain and draws from the experience and potential of talented designers from around the world.
The origins of Ćmielów factory date back to 1790, when a local potter Wojtas founded in Ćmielów manufactory producing crocks and earthenware. In 1838 the factory began the production of porcelain. Such eminent designers as Wincent Potacki and Bogdan Wendorf (the author of the famous Globe) were invited to cooperation. The current catalogue of ‘Ćmielów’ products creates several stylings, divided by a series of designs. Classic line is represented by Bolero, Lvov, Pułaski, Feston, Rococo and Vega. Design line is represented by Quebec, Akcent, Happa, Yvonne. While Connoisseur line is represented by services: Empire, Płaski and Kula, the real diamonds in the Polish output of porcelain goods. In addition, the company offers porcelain figurines and accessories.
The origins of Chodzież factory date back to 1852, when two traders Hermann Müller and Ludwig Schnorr bought one of the existing buildings. Initially, the factory produced earthenware dishes. In 1896 the factory began to produce porcelain. The current catalogue of ‘Chodzież’ products creates several stylings. They were all designed by designers from the factory Centre of Design, which is as old as ‘Chodzież’. The offer includes dishes divided into design series. Classic style is represented by services: Iwona, Astra, Berni, Romantica, Kamelia, Laura, Rita, and Venus. Modern style is represented by: Koliber, Kropla, Point, and Twister. Avant-garde style is represented by: Future, Kalla, and Noa.