Bongenre.com Melamine Tableware is designed by Jill Fenichell, who has been an antique porcelain and pottery dealer for over 20 years. Her specialty was English blue and white porcelain made in the 18th century.

While dealing in antiques, Jill often made custom-designed porcelain items to match antique services, so she started a small company called The Bespoke Porcelain Company. This company still exists and each year Jill makes a few services for people willing to spend the time and money on a unique service. Link here for the Bespoke Porcelain site While working on Bespoke designs for other people, Jill started thinking about her own designs, and thus created a small cluster of her own patterns. Still, even this did not reflect the reality of her own informal living circumstances, surrounded by a casual family  constantly going between the garden, the kitchen, and the den. Jill thought about trying to do something pretty in plastic, and thus, Bongenre.com was born in 2005, and it was an immediate success. “I think about design elements I love, and work out interesting relationships and rhythms between shape and pattern and color,” says Jill. “The real question is: how to connect the old to the new and to start people looking at old things, but in new ways. That’s what I want to do with my tableware.”

“I hope you enjoy your Bongenre.com Elegant Melamine Tableware, and that you will find it fits into your life the way it fits into mine. Please remember DO NOT zap the plates in the micro; use them as frisbees with great caution; and try not to put them too close to your ‘cue, as the heat may turn them into something else. That can be interesting, but hard to keep food on. Also, as the decal on your tableware starts to fade, rather than chucking the plates out, please try to think of this process as one in which you participate in the making of an instant antique” — JF

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