Behind the secret of perfection in a product unfolds the legacy of an exceptional history. The establishment of a factory in Nippon Toke, Nagoya, Japan in 1904 was the birth of a giant in the global ceramic industry. Founded by Baron Ichizaemon Morimura and his colleagues, it is known today as Noritake.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the Americans too wanted the luxury of the type of art enjoyed by the European elite. New York was the central location of this rennaisance. The European style art objects that an American family could display on their mantelpiece were products of early Noritake. For more than a century since through its innovative imagination and experience Noritake has been able to hallmark the highest standards in porcelainware around the world.
With they country’s rich artistic and cultural heritage, Sri Lankan pottery and craft dates back to the 5th century before the Common Era. This expertise is born of a composite tradition of centuries.
The perfect blend of a technological giant in the ceramic production world with superior manpower distilled from a strong artistic tradition and craftsmanship brought about the birth of a hybrid to the industry of porcelain ware.
With the Noritake Company Ltd in Japan as the parent company, Lanka porcelain Pvt Ltd commenced their operations in Sri Lanka in 1972. Representing the Noritake global family in Sri Lanka the company has evolved into Noritake Lanka Porcelain, a new giant in the porcelain industry, earning a reputation in aninternational market fors tandard and quality.
The transformation of a handful of dust into a symbol of beauty reveals a spectacular story. Raw materials like Quartz, Feldspar andKaolin are crushed in a ball millfor 36 hours and the resultant liquid is dewatered and kept as a cake for maturing under ideal humidity and temperature.
the resultant liquid is dewatered and kept as a cake for maturing under ideal humidity and temperature. The seasoned cake is then driven through a mill to create clay cylinders used to sculpt the product. The Noritake factory is equipped with machines for both automatic and manual formationwhether it is done manually or automatically.
Forming a porcelain object is an Art and Art cannot be without human intervention.Producing a cup is not complete until the edge trimming and handleattachments are done. The handle needsto be firmly pasted and accurately positioned.
The same applies to the construction of openings and attaching spouts and handles on a teapot. Only small and versatile feminine hands and patience with a suitable temperament can perform these exacting tasks with high precision. Sponging and finishing too require a gentle feminine touch.
Every stage of production is closely supervised by Japanese experts. Before going to the next stage of the process - the soft biscuit firing, the finished greenware is subjected to close inspection. The journey through this kiln moulds the greenware into ideal water absorbing conditions for glazing. The greenware is heated at 950 degrees Celsius, until it is fit to go to the glaze bar. The fired soft biscuit is inspected again for any damage before being sent for brushing and glazing. Skilled hands are required again at this stage of the process. Firmly holding a plate by the fingertips while dipping it into the recommended depth in liquid glaze is not a task for all. The machine is only to transport the glazed item while the glazing is done manually.