|Mark P. Williamson Stone Sculptor
Award-winning Sculptor Mark P. Williamson Partners with the Herend Porcelain Company to Create Personalized
Dallas, Texas – February 9, 2004 – Award-winning sculptor Mark P. Williamson today announced a collaboration with the Herend Porcelain Company, a maker of fine
porcelain and a world-renowned luxury brand name, to produce the Herend Porcelain Portrait Bust. Conceived and designed by Williamson in 2001, the Herend Portrait Bust
combines traditional Herend patterns normally reserved for the decoration of tableware with a head-and-shoulders bust portrait, resulting in a unique and contemporary work of
Like the bronze busts of the 19th century, the Herend Porcelain Bust is a luxury gift, a family heirloom, and a collectible. Ownership is limited to 20 individuals worldwide per
year, insuring the bust’s exclusivity and investment value. Williamson also offers the decorated sample busts in limited edition, which themselves are astounding works of art.
“This partnership with Herend is the first of its kind,” commented Williamson. “The Herend Porcelain Portrait Bust is remnant of a classical art period, updated with a
contemporary twist. My design achieves a stimulating visual juxtaposition by combining Herend’s traditional tableware design with the underlying porcelain portrait of an actual
person. This affiliation with Herend breaks traditional sculpture barriers and will provide mutual benefits as both a business endeavor and artistic venture.”
For each design, Williamson creates a prototype bust through the utilization of 3D digital technology to capture the subject’s image in about an hour at any location. The client
can then select any of Herend’s traditional patterns to use as the basis for Williamson’s design. Herend creates a special mold from Williamson’s prototype at its Hungarian
factory and then paints Williamson’s design and fires the finished work.
For more information on the Herend Porcelain Portrait Bust and Mark P. Williamson please visit www.herend-bust.com.
Since 1826, Herend has been creating hand-painted (hand-painted being the operative phrase, as most porcelain manufacturers have long ago regressed to machine painting and/or
use of decals) porcelain art, achieving worldwide recognition in 1851 when Queen Victoria purchased her own collection at the 1851 London Great Exhibition. Following
Victoria's lead came purchases by Emperor Franz Joseph of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, King Victor Emanuel of Italy, several members of the
Rothschild dynasty, and Alexander von Humbolt.
Today, Herend is the premiere worldwide creator of luxury hand painted porcelain in the strict European tradition.
About Mark P. Williamson
A professional sculptor, Williamson has received multiple awards for sculpting since 1990. Most recently, a work of his placed first for sculpture (a merit or second place
overall) at the 28th annual national juried art competition in October 2003 at the Roseville Art Center near Sacramento, CA. Williamson perfected his stone sculpting techniques
while in residence in Pietrasanta, Italy in 1991, and studied under the internationally renowned Spanish abstract sculptor, Xavier Corbero, in 2001. Williamson has ambitious
plans to work with several alternative materials in the creation of large installations, visionary abstractions, an incorporation of technology, and international collaborations.
Williamson's sculptures now sit in the collections of prominent socialites, business executives, and at the University of Texas at Austin. Williamson is also represented by Media
Contemporary Arts in London.