Today I will focus on the first major porcelain factory in Britain: the Chelsea factory in London.
The Chelsea factory was founded in the mid 1740s by Nicholas Sprimont, a Huguenot immigrant from Belgium. He was originally a silversmith among many other Huguenot silversmiths who fled or travelled to London from France and Belgium. Sprimont quickly realised that he could make a bigger mark by starting a factory producing something that was still very new in England: porcelain. And as he was an extraordinarily talented artisan and perfectionist, his factory grew out to be one of the best that ever existed.
The shapes of his items betray that he was a silversmith by training; you can find these shapes in silver items of that era. In fact, his shapes helped determine what we now consider typically English porcelain shapes.