Traditional Dutch pottery gets contemporary makeover

Delft Blue is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft in the Netherlands since the 17th century.

The region is famous for its unique Delftware or Delft blue and white pottery, known as Delft Blue, where a particular blue colour has been added to a China-inspired local version of the pottery.

Between 1600 and 1800, the earthenware was popular among wealthy families who would show off their Delft Blue collections to one another. Although the Delftware potters preferred to call their earthenware “porcelain”, it was only a cheaper version of the real Chinese porcelain. Delft Blue was not made from the typical porcelain clay, but from clay that was coated with a tin glaze after it was fired. In spite of this, Delft Blue achieved unrivalled popularity, and at its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft.