Gouda Pottery


My collection, hand painted and one of a kind.

This website shows my collection of Dutch pottery.

I 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 others collectors or interested visitors. I like to share it because I believe that the pieces are just about unique in their existence.

Most of my collection is called  Gouda.  This type of pottery was made in Holland and the centre of its production was in the town of Gouda in the Netherlands. But like Delft pottery, not all Delft pieces were made in the town of Delft itself. Similarly Gouda was made in other towns then just Gouda, the name refers to the kind of pottery made at the time.

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 similarities.

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.

For a bit more about the manufactoring process, click   here  .

The  website shows a variety of decors and models, (mainly of the PZH in Gouda) also in the gallery is a closeup of the pottery marks (Stamps) underneath.

Other factories that existed at the time include Rozenburg, De Distel, Goedewagen, Mijnlieff, and of course the Delft factories.

For those interested in "Delfts blue"  pieces or other Dutch potteries , there is a small section of it    here  .

I like to think of this website as my online Museum.

Quite unique, Gouda in Australia.