Introducing: Gouda Pottery
History of Gouda Pottery:
Gouda (pronounced ‘how-da’) is the generic term used for all the pottery factories in Holland. The area around Gouda had clay to make pots, which is why most of the factories settled there. This style of pottery was pioneered in about 1898 by a company called Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland, or PZH, but they didn’t produce the type of pottery that you see on our website. That wasn’t made until about 1910 when they discovered a new process to produce matte glazed pottery.
What is special about Gouda Pottery?
The flowery and curvaceous designs along with the use of bright colors and the mixture of floral, abstract, and geometric designs all on the same piece. Gouda pottery was exported by the millions all over the world. You name a country and it was exported to it; all over England, America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.
They’re not hand-thrown, they’re all molded from liquid clay, but every one is hand-painted. That’s why there were so many different artists that worked for all the different factories. They’re signed on the bottom, mostly by the person that painted them. It’s not their signature in full but their initials, because when they were making them, they had to know which particular person made which pot. They were paid by the number of pots they produced, so the initial was used by the factories to determine how many pieces were made.