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The Chinese discovered porcelain in the 8th century and kept the method of its manufacture a closely guarded secret. European potters tried to copy this process unsuccessfully for several centuries. Finally it was the meissen factory in Germany that cracked the code in 1709. Following that hand painted porcelain was the privilege of Royalty for many centuries and some of the best examples came from Europe.

Anita attempts to give you a taste of the same. She paints on Limoges, which is produced in France in a region by the same name. Creating a Compelling juxtaposition, her creations reflect a fine balance between her roots and her exposure to Western aesthetics. Unique and entirely hand painted, every piece Anita makes is like an exquisite piece of jewellery. Be it a lamp, tea set, vase or a wall mounted plate, every product is individually designed and detailed minutely.

The pigments that are used to manufacture porcelain paints are made from mineral oxides and precious metal like gold. All mineral based paints are in powder form and are mixed with special oils derived from lavender, clove, anise, pine or copaiva tree. After painting, the porcelain is fired in a special kiln at high temperature. The glaze melts, absorbs the paint and fuses with it. After cooling, the colors seal firmly and permanently. This procedure is repeated several times, with the paint setting on the porcelain in layers of different colors and textures.

Anita Raheja's formative years were spent schooling and travelling all over the world. A Diploma in Fine Art from MSU in Baroda was followed by a specialized three year study in porcelain painting from "Atelier de Bossy" in Geneva, culminating in the formation of Porcelain Art by Anita Raheja. Anita has been professionally painting for over 20 years and now resides with her family in Mumbai - India.