Franz Chen, left, CEO of Taiwanese porcelain manufacturer Franz Collection Inc., holds a plate with American tennis great Andre Agassi after winning an auction.
Artist and Entrepreneur
Founder of Franz Collection Inc.
Since creating Franz in June 2002, Chen has made substantial investments in R&D and production facilities, and his team of talented artists is now recognized in the global market. Chen's operations include sculpting and design centers in China, Taiwan, Europe and the United States, as well as more than 4,000 stores in markets around the world.
Franz's design studio and operation headquarters are located in Taiwan, helping the country establish a reputation as a producer of fine porcelain. Chen has managed to maintain his competitive edge by focusing on creating unique and functional home accessories and gifts. This marketing strategy has been strongly supported by the Taiwan government, as it has brought recognition to the country and has helped support the creative industries that the government has been promoting.
Collection !Chinese Rose”
Sun was a key influencer in the launch of Franz Porcelain, and played an important role in how Francis Chen, founder and president of Franz Collection Inc., drove the direction of the company. Demonstrating an understanding of the possibilities of porcelain, he conducted systematic research into the techniques of ceramic glazes and firings applied throughout the Chinese dynasties, and then applied modern techniques suitable for today's market.
While researching new glazes and techniques to improve the aesthetics of chinaware, Sun's expertise also has influenced the artistic cultivation of the company's output both in form and context, and his sharp instincts have guided the distinguished style of Franz porcelain.
His work has also gained attention in other prestigious museums all over the world, including the German Staatliche Museen Kassel and Uebersee Museum Bremen, which held individual exhibitions of Sun's work. The most famous ceramic museum in North America - Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York - also collects his works.
Brief Story about Chih-Kun (James) Tsai
I am Chih-Kun Tsai, an artist of Franz Collection, Taiwan. I was born here. Since my childhood, “art” has always been my favorite. There’re so many beautiful and lovely things in this world, and I truly believe that art is the new face from imitating all existence of Mother Nature with Creator’s intellection, creation, and design.I majored in sculpture in National Taiwan University of Art, and experimented with various media including copper, brass, stone, wood, metal welding and plastic arts. Sketching and water coloring are also my specialties. I enjoy doing art-related activities, such as visiting museums and galleries. Admiring all kinds of exhibitions, visiting other artists, and reading have broadened my mind, enriched my knowledge, and enlightened my inspiration.