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From Clay to the famous Delft Pottery

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Our entirely hand painted decorations always have a white background. That's why we use a white baking clay. This clay is imported from Germany, the Westerwald and from England, Cornwall as the Dutch clay doesn't burn white but red and yellow.

 
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Delftware is made with moulds. First the clay is mixed with water. This liquid clay is poured into moulds. The moulds are made out of plaster of Paris which is a very porous material and it absorbs the water out of the clay. It makes that the clay dries.

 
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After about half an hour the clay wall is already 4 mm thick but in the middle it's still liquid. At that moment the moulds are turned upside down to pour out this liquid centre. That's how an item is made hollow. After about four hours the clay is dry enough to open the moulds and the clay item can be taken out of the mould.

 
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The edges are trimmed with a knife and the article is smoothed with a wet sponge. The articles are dried for three days before they are put into an electric heated kiln. The firing takes 8 hours and the temperature reaches 1040 degrees Centigrade (which is about 1900 degrees Fahrenheit). The cooling down takes about 24 hours. During the firing, the clay changes into stone which is called biscuit.

 

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Directly on the biscuit the hand painting is done. Each item is entirely hand painted with very fine brushes by professional painters.

 
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To obtain the famous Delft blue color, the painter will use a black paint which will eventually change into the famous color blue during the second firing.

 
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The colors on the Delft polychrome will intensify during the firing but will not change into color.

Delft painters require a high craftsmanship which is developed during years of training and practice.

 
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After the hand painting the items are completely covered with a white glaze either by dipping the items in a bath of glaze or by spraying.

 

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During the second firing the glaze melts and becomes transparent.
The final result can be admired after this second firing when the door of the kiln is opened.

 
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The name Delft is no guarantee that a piece is entirely hand painted. The name Delft has no copyright and will be found on all the mass produced Delft as well.
All our items have a registered trademark which is guaranteed by the Chamber of Commerce that it stands for authentic entirely hand painted Delftware.
De Delftse Pauw is proud that it exclusively produces and sells authentic Delft.

 
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Visitors can admire the collection in one of our showrooms.
Items can be purchased, but it is also possible to have them mailed.
Of course they can be also be ordered through our webshop.
As we exclusively sell directly to our customers we have factory prices.

 
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Masterpieces are still being made. Vermeer’s view on Delft painted in polychrome by one of our master painters is one of them.
The View of Delft is a painting made between 1659 and 1660 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer who lived in Delft and was born in Delft.