Gouda and other Dutch Pottery
My collection, hand painted and one of a kind.
This website shows my collection of Dutch pottery, mainly Gouda and some Delft.
have made this website to assist others, who have similar pottery, with
the identification of their items and I also like to share it with
other collectors or interested visitors. I like to share it because I
believe that the pieces are just about unique in their existence.
Gouda pottery started off as a high glazed
product, but then changed to a matte glazed look. Many potteries at the
time used the same production techniques; hence their pottery had many
In Holland they often refer to it as earthenware (the
Dutch word is “aardewerk”) it literally means made from the earth, i.e
from clay. And true to its name the colours used to paint this type of
pottery also have a very earthy feel. You would normally not find very
bright colors on this type of pottery. But having said that, the pieces
I talk about are very colorful (just no overly bright colours), often a
mixture of colours woven together into abstract patterns, or sometimes
depicting real-time objects woven into fictitious patterns. Floral type
designs are very common.
The pieces were painted/decorated by hand, so really, no 2 pieces are the same.
Nearly everyone knows the blue and white pottery and porcelain, it is called Delft or Delfts.
of these show a blue pattern against a white background, however it is
also possible to have some Delft pieces with different colours.
associate these blue pieces with the Netherlands, but have to admit, I
could be a bit biased there. If I was of Chinese decent I would
probably associate it with Chinese made items. After all the Chinese
were the first to produce this type of pottery. A quick look on E-bay
however, shows that nearly all items offered are from Holland. They
turned the production of this "Delft" into a big export market.
My website shows a variety of decors and models, (mainly of the PZH in
Gouda) and also in the gallery is a closeup of the pottery marks
For a bit more about some of the potteries themselves, click here
I like to think of this website as my (little) online Museum.
Quite unique, Gouda in Australia.