The names of some of the most well-known German porcelain manufacturers include Meissen, Hoescht, Nymphenburg, Wegely, Berlin and Furstenberg. Johann Boettcher accidentally discovered how to make porcelain while trying to produce gold while in Miessen. This led to the creation of Meissen porcelain.
Original porcelain pieces lacked the glaze commonly found on later pieces, and instead featured a lacquer finish. During the Hoeroldt period, porcelain was painted with flowers and landscapes. After word about the process leaked out, other German porcelain manufacturers appeared. Each factory stood out for different types of designs. Nymphenburg porcelain featured the delicate figurines created by Franz Anton Bustelli, while Furstenburg porcelain produced a number of fine vases.