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VIP Tours, Hungary's Herend Porcelain Manufactory

We went back to Herend for yet another a private tour of the manufacturing premises during Steph, Dan and Jola's visit to Budapest. The manufactory is fascinating and quite an impressive operation, and on this tour we saw some parts of the production process that we hadn't seen before. Herend prides itself on selling only handmade porcelain of the finest quality, and after seeing the pieces being created before our very eyes, there's no doubt that that's no exaggeration. We visited their showroom as well, which is open only to some foreign guests and international buyers. Finally, we finished up with a tour of the Herend Museum. For a look at the items in the Herend Museum, see http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/herend

Here is Herend's site in Hungary http://herend.com/en/ and in the States http://www.herendusa.com/index.php

NOTE: NEWER IMAGES (OCTOBER 2012) ARE AT THE BEGINNING
A most unusual commission, detail
A most unusual commission, detail
A most unusual commission
A most unusual commission
Portrait painting
Portrait painting
Bracing one's self
Bracing one's self
The smiling painter
The smiling painter
Monumental task
Monumental task
Applying the design
Applying the design
Total concentration
Total concentration
The missing painter
The missing painter
Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather
Dragon in production
Dragon in production
Bunny parade
Bunny parade
Making bunnies
Making bunnies
Piercing holes
Piercing holes
Working with molds
Working with molds
Manufactory: On the pottery wheel
Manufactory: On the pottery wheel
Showroom: The classic Victoria design
Showroom: The classic Victoria design
2nd VIP tour: fanciful casserole
2nd VIP tour: fanciful casserole
Showroom: One of my favorites
Showroom: One of my favorites
Showroom: Opposites attract
Showroom: Opposites attract
Showroom: Bridal display
Showroom: Bridal display
Showroom: Gigantic ginger jar
Showroom: Gigantic ginger jar
Showroom: Oriental plate
Showroom: Oriental plate
Showroom: Impressionist vases
Showroom: Impressionist vases
Showroom: As far as the eye can see
Showroom: As far as the eye can see
Showroom: Imari design
Showroom: Imari design
Showroom, dolphins and flowers
Showroom, dolphins and flowers
Showroom: Picture platter
Showroom: Picture platter
The real Herend Manufactory
The real Herend Manufactory
The raw material
The raw material
Attaching handles and vines
Attaching handles and vines
Detail work
Detail work
Pots and more pots
Pots and more pots
Mold casting
Mold casting
The dragon man
The dragon man
Cutting (all those little holes)
Cutting (all those little holes)
Potter's wheel
Potter's wheel
Glazing before firing
Glazing before firing
Constructing the molds
Constructing the molds
Strict quality control
Strict quality control
Painting butterflies
Painting butterflies
Painting figurines
Painting figurines
Working under watchful eyes
Working under watchful eyes
Mixing paint
Mixing paint
Six hours of work...
Six hours of work...
Monumental work on monumental vase
Monumental work on monumental vase
Private commission
Private commission
Reproducing a sword
Reproducing a sword
Master painter surrounded by his masterworks
Master painter surrounded by his masterworks
Painting a Hussar
Painting a Hussar
Full palette
Full palette
Landscape master
Landscape master
Showroom: Crown of St. Stephen
Showroom: Crown of St. Stephen
Showroom: Ottoman/Persian figures
Showroom: Ottoman/Persian figures
Showroom: Carnevale figures
Showroom: Carnevale figures
Showroom: Personalized busts
Showroom: Personalized busts
Showroom: Out of the ordinary
Showroom: Out of the ordinary
Showroom: Floral vessel
Showroom: Floral vessel
Showroom: Unique chess set
Showroom: Unique chess set
Showroom: the elephant vase
Showroom: the elephant vase
Showroom: a line of vessels
Showroom: a line of vessels
Showroom: Cracked commission
Showroom: Cracked commission
Showroom: decorated statue
Showroom: decorated statue
Showroom: decorative plate
Showroom: decorative plate
Showroom: elegant but bold
Showroom: elegant but bold
Showroom: a piece with flair
Showroom: a piece with flair
Showroom: exquisite plate
Showroom: exquisite plate
Herend espresso machine at the coffee shop
Herend espresso machine at the coffee shop
Showroom: any shape
Showroom: any shape
Showroom: any size
Showroom: any size
Showroom: any pattern
Showroom: any pattern
Showroom: endless variety
Showroom: endless variety