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Why bone china?

Why bone china?

Invented in England in 1799 bone china is a particularly strong and bright type of British porcelain. 

The revelation that bone china actually contains animal bone may come as a surprise! But it's the high calcium content of the animal bone that gives the bright white material its incredible strength & resilience.

Famed for its elegance and translucency, it is often assumed that bone china must be fragile. It is one of the hardiest ceramic materials available, however, and is much more chip-resistant than other types of pottery.

Brighter, thinner and stronger than other types of pottery - and translucent when held up to the sun - it's all things bright, beautiful and British! 

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OPEN NOW: the Early, Early Christmas Fair

OPEN NOW: the Early, Early Christmas Fair

Use code EECVF to donate 10% to the Solider's Charity and unlock free gift wrap on all orders.

MONDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER – THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2020

With over 160 independent stallholders, the EECF has gone online for the first time!

Visit the website to register online and take part in a fabulous raffle, gin tasting, curry night and much more, all to raise much-needed funds for the brilliant ABF The Soldier’s Charity, whose work reaches out to every area of the Armed Forces, when and where it is needed most.

Xavier China is really pleased to be helping to support this wonderful charity and fair, which has overcome challenging circumstances to bring a much-loved tradition into our homes despite ever-changing set of difficulties.

Don't forget to use 'EECVF' for the 10% dontation and free gift wrap.

View all stallholders and events at www.eecf.org.uk

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Back in Business

Back in Business

After a difficult few months for everyone, it was wonderful to go up to Stoke and to see the kilns back in action. 

There is lots of interest in British-made products like Xavier China as customers choose to keep things local. Here's to the rest of 2020!

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The Bloody Virus

The Bloody Virus

We do hope that you and your family are well. Our thoughts are with those affected by Coronavirus. At this time, the primary concern must be everyone's health, and like most companies we have had to change the way we work.

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The Two Josiah Spodes

The Two Josiah Spodes

Josiah Spode I perfected two very important products in the development of English ceramics: underglaze printing on earthenware; and fine bone china - a very practical and beautiful porcelain. His success owed much to the marketing genius that was his son, Josiah Spode II. 

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Ceramics: a glossary

Ceramics: a glossary

The science behind ceramics is not for the faint-hearted. In fact, we dare you to open up the Wikipedia page and get through the first sentence without resorting to a dictionary.

Here we offer a brief glossary that explains why porcelain isn't pottery and bone china isn't 'real' porcelain. Confused yet? Read on. 

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Xavier China: the best bone china dinner plate sets, made in England

Xavier China: the best bone china dinner plate sets, made in England

Nothing makes food look more tempting than presentation on a beautiful plate. Even a boiled egg and toast can look sophisticated on an elegant bone china plate. When it comes to buying a set of dinner plates for yourself, there are four key things to consider: price, occasion, numbers and material.

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Exquisite Flowers and Beautiful Bone China Set the Scene

Exquisite Flowers and Beautiful Bone China Set the Scene

A beautifully set table is the perfect canvass for a delicious dinner. When combined with a stunning bone china dinner set, your guests will know they are in for a treat. Fine bone china plates and fresh flowers are the two essential ingredients for a beautifully laid table, and the starting point for any host or hostess.

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New Home for Fine Bone China

New Home for Fine Bone China
Xavier is the romanization of the Basque place-name meaning 'castle', 'new house' or 'new home'. And Xavier China is the new home of English fine bone china. Continue reading
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