About Franz Porcelain
In less than a decade, Franz Porcelain corporate commitment to ultimate quality and traditional craftsmanship has made its pieces among the most sought-after in porcelain. Each Franz Porcelain piece begins with a gifted Franz artist being inspired by the beauty and energy of nature. The finest Chinese clays and glazes are then used to create, fire and color each piece in the painstaking time-honored artisan's tradition.
Franz Porcelain is created using a blend of time-honored artisan's techniques, personal artistic vision and cutting-edge technology. Each piece begins life on paper as a sketch influenced by the power, vitality and beauty of nature; then, old and new - as well as East and West - meet as current software is used to refine the design and begin its journey to brilliant three-dimensional art.
Decades of experience are required to understand and successfully employ the combination of mixing, firing, casting and coloring techniques used by Franz, including specialized skills such as the company's own unique take on undercut molding.
Q: How should I care for my Franz Porcelain?
A: Franz Porcelains should be cleaned every few weeks if not used regularly. Wash carefully by hand with mild soap and warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Q: What is the meaning of the Franz logo?
A: The Franz logo incorporates the calligraphic writing of the Chinese character 'CHEN' and a soaring seagull together in harmony. It symbolizes the core values shared by company employees - a grand vision developed from the glorious history of East and West that expresses pride in being modern Chinese.
Q: What do the stamps (signatures) on the bases of your products stand for?
A: Basically there are 2-3 stamps (signatures) on the base. One is the Franz Collection logo. The other two are signatures of the sculptor and the designer of that particular piece of Franz Porcelain. It is possible that there will only be one signature if the designer and sculptor are the same.
Q: Can these products be exposed to direct sunlight?
A: Yes. Each item is fired at over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Colors will not fade.
Q: Is the merchandise food safe?
A: Yes. Franz Porcelain is FDA approved food safe. They are all functional items.
Q: Is the merchandise dishwasher safe?
A: No. Due to the delicate designs of Franz Porcelain, we do not recommend cleaning Franz products in a dishwasher.
Q: Is the merchandise microwave safe?
A: Theoretically, Franz Porcelain, due to under-glaze coloring, is microwave safe. However, Franz Porcelain has a greater portion of artistic preference, shape and figure in particular. Considering the size and the complicated 3D sculpture of our products, we DO NOT recommend our customers place Franz Porcelain in a microwave.
Q: Would there be a problem to put Franz spoons in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit?
A: There will not be any problem, as each item is fired at over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Q: How many cups of tea does a teapot hold?
A: Depending on the style of the teapot, they can range between 7-12 of the corresponding cups.
Q: How does Franz address its environmental responsibilities?
A: Located in Jingdezhen, the thousand-year-old porcelain capital of China, the Franz Porcelain factory embodies the Oriental philosophy of “harmony and care for all living things." Our Jingdezhen factory is based on the concept “the factory is a school, the school is a park," making the factory into a living place that integrates art and creativity. The factory has an ecological park and a ceramics art village. Use of modern electric and natural gas-fired kilns along with custom glaze and clay formulas has decreased energy consumption by 30%, and reduced CO2 emissions up to 50%. Franz Porcelain uses lead-free glazing that meets FDA food standards for tableware.