Noritake crafted Holy Communion bowls for Papal visit
The Holy Communion bowls for Pope Francis' visit were manufactured by
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd (NLPL).
The brilliant white porcelain circular bowls were made from porcelain
sourced 60% in Sri Lanka and 40% from imported materials and has the
lettering 'Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz. 14 January 2015'.
Twenty-four karat gold, lead and cadmium-free pigments were used in
the decoration of the bowls.
Of the 1,300 bowls which were manufactured, the Pontiff used one
while the others were used by the Catholic clergy when giving Holy
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt)
Ltd (NLPL) Yoshinari Shimaya said, "We're deeply honoured and humbled at
being chosen to manufacture the Holy Communion bowls. Several detailed
discussions were held between the Archdiocese of Colombo and our team in
the past few months with regard to the artistic and technical
specifications of thebowls".
Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd sources 35% of its raw materials
from Sri Lanka. Its factory at Matale, one of the largest production
facilities in the world produces high quality tableware under the brand
Among the locally sourced raw materials are Quartz from Galaha off
Kandy, Felspar from Owala off Rattota, Dolomite from Digana off Kandy
and Calcite from Balangoda.
Nearly 80 percent of Noritake's local production is exported to
markets in over a hundred countries including USA, UK, Japan, the Middle
East, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Korea. The remaining 20
percent is marketed locally through its outlets at the flagship store in
Kirulapona, Wattala, Matale, Pannala and the Bandaranaike