Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Blue and white...

I have a fascination with Dutch design, and more so when it's a contemporary take on tradition. The Dutch porcelain company Royal Delft has launched a new contemporary brand, Blue D1653 designed by Arian Brekveld, Chris Koens and Damian  O 'Sullivan to name but a few.

For those of you who aren't familiar with what Delft pottery is and a bit of it's history, Here's the lowdown. In the late 16th Century, ceramics were only available to the wealthy. By the 1600's, Chinese Ming porcelain was becoming more available to not only the rich in the Netherlands, but the middle class too. Local potters lost a lot of business due to this, and began imitating the colours and patterns in a Dutch way, inevitably creating Delftware. Potters did away with Asian scenes on the porcelain replacing them with Dutch Imagery, making it a national icon even today. 

Great, now you all learnt something today...

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