Franz Porcelain

From intricate, nature-inspired jewelry to elaborate botanical tableware and elegant, tropical vases, Franz Collection has produced some of the most sought-after porcelain art pieces in the world. The company’s enormous success comes from their unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and eco-friendly, cutting-edge technology.

Iris Cup and Saucer

Franz Collection Eloquent Iris Cup Saucer and Spoon Set

Tea Light Candle Holder

Franz Porcelain Forever Wedding Butterfly Tea Light Candle Holder

The Serenity Poppy Flower Design:

Franz Dessert Plate

Franz Collection Serenity Poppy Flower Porcelain Dessert Plate

Franz Sugar Jar

Franz Collection Serenity Poppy Flower Porcelain Sugar Jar

Artists at the Franz collection adhere to the classical style and centuries-old traditional methods of production, but with a modern twist; Each piece is colored using new, eco-friendly methods and is fired using modern, low-emission kilns heated by natural gas in their state-of-the-art atelier in Jingdexhen, known as the porcelain capital of China. Every piece is FDA-approve food safe, making them remarkable serving pieces as well as beautiful art objects. A truly eco-conscious company, Franz Porcelain also supports to Jingdezhen Longshan Afforestation Project – an organized effort to restore precious resources that factories deplete. The Jingdezhen Longshan Afforestation Project has planted several hundred thousand trees in the area in order to balance the carbon dioxide emissions from the many local factories.

Safari:

Franz Covered Box

Safari Zebra Covered Box by Franz Porcelain

Franz Perfume Bottle

Franz Porcelain Safari Tiger Collection Perfume Bottle

An example of eco-friendly beauty, owning a piece of Franz Porcelain means celebrating your love of nature as well as contributing to the replenishment of its source.

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Payne’s Prairie

A Florida State Park that encompasses over 22,000 acres of savannah in Micanopy, Florida (10 miles south of Gainesvillle), Payne’s Prairie is home to an incredible range of wildlife from alligators and wild horses to snakes, tropical birds, and even buffalo. Home to the Alachua band of the Seminole tribe under chief Ahaya the Cowkeeper in the 18th century, the prairie is named for the Cowkeeper’s eldest surviving son, Payne. Officially classified as a Florida Highlands Freshwater Marsh, which makes it ideal for a broad range of inhabitants. THe park is now a popular tourist attraction for people in Gainesville as well as visitors from around the world and features a 50-foot high observation tower with incredible views as well as several different walking and biking trails through the marsh. Whether you’re a gator lover or a bird watcher, if you ever get a chance to visit this beautiful place, we highly recommend it. For those of you who won’t be visiting Mycanopy anytime soon, don’t worry! We took a lot of pictures. Here are a few.

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Birds of the Tropical Rainforest

Birds of the Tropical Rainforest: a disappearing rainbow

Home to a wide variety of tropical birds in a remarkable range of shapes, sizes, and colors, the tropical rain forests of the world are at risk, which endangers many of these precious species as their habitats are declining. While deforestation affects every organism in the delicate rain forest ecosystem, it is often the rare and exotic bird inhabitants that face the greatest risk of extinction.

Other environmental and imposed factors affect the dwindling population of these birds as well. In Guam, the Brown Snake poses a major threat to local birds. An invasive species introduced to the rainforest from its native Australia and Indonesia, the brown snake is responsible for devastating a majority of the native bird population there.

One species in particular that faces serious threat of extinction is the parrot family. Highly sought after for the pet trade, these brightly colored, intelligent birds are facing serious decline in the wild. The success of breeding these birds in captivity has furthered the wild birds’ population decrease in the rain forest. While we may not see parrots disappear from pet store cages, their brothers and sisters in the wild are facing increasing hardship and may soon disappear from the trees entirely.

Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot

Cockatiels

Cockatiels

Parakeet

Parakeet

Sulfer Crusted Cockatoo

Sulfer Crusted Cockatoo

By staying informed and getting involved we can change the fate of these beautiful creatures. Ourselves and many of our vendors have programs in place for contribution to various groups directly involved with helping save and preserve the natural world around us. When you shop with us you can rest in knowing you are helping in global conservation efforts.

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Another inter-species friendship blooms: this Hawaiian monk seal and green turtle (honu) are cuddling up for a nice beachside nap. Aww. ... See MoreSee Less

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Based on some comments from our picture of the South Carolina threesome of 2013, there are many of our friends who are unaware of their story. They arrived in March, 2013, after being found in a cardboard box on the side of the road in South Carolina. They thrived at ABR and spent several months in our wild enclosure with three other ABR residents: Boston, Annie, and Oscar. The SC threesome were successfully released in November 2013. They were quite the comedy act at times during their stay. The folks at TN Wildside, in cooperation with South Carolina, produced a wonderful video of their release. The video also shares our mission at Appalachian Bear Rescue, which is to give bears a second chance. We enjoy the privilege of caring for cubs, but it is the release that we work toward with each bear. A release is a joyful experience and we are grateful to have a video to share with you. Here is the link for those who haven't seen it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBqNARm7ACI.

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Taken by photographer/traveler John Chaney for the this incredible photograph comes with an even more touching story

Taken by photographer/traveler John Chaney for the  this incredible photograph comes with an even more touching story

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PLEASE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION SO WE CAN COEXIST PEACEFULLY WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WITH WHOM WE SHARE THE WORLD

PLEASE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION SO WE CAN COEXIST PEACEFULLY WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WITH WHOM WE SHARE THE WORLD

PLEASE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION SO WE CAN COEXIST PEACEFULLY WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WITH WHOM WE SHARE THE WORLD.

 

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