Delft

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The talented artist creating Delft ceramic masterpieces.

Before leaving Holland, I visited Delft, another town renowned for its painting. Well preserved since the 17th Century, Delft is famous as the birthplace of the painter, Vermeer, and home to the exquisite ‘Delft Blue’ earthenware.

 

I took an English speaking tour at the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, the Delftware factory dating back to 1653, (the Dutch Golden Age). Not only did I see magnificent Delft Blue antiques, (even in the ladies toilets), but I got to watch the artists at work, painting new earthenware plates and vases. It was interesting to note that prior to painting, the artist traces the designated pattern in carbon, using strategically placed dots, made through holes in the tracing.  The designs are painted in black paint, and the firing process burns off the carbon dots, and changes the black paint to the familiar Delft blue colour. If you wish to purchase a hand-painted souvenir, take plenty of money, as it is very expensive.

 

The Netherlands’ vast legacy of decoration, both on earthenware and wood is a wonderful inspiration to contemporary artists from all walks of life.

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The talented artist creating Delft…
The talented artist creating Delf…
Some of the porcelain at the museu…
Some of the porcelain at the muse…
some examples of Delft ware in the…
some examples of Delft ware in th…
I wonder if it is for sale?
I wonder if it is for sale?
A street in Delft outside Vermeer …
A street in Delft outside Vermeer…
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photo by: JP-NED