My husband lived in Holland for several years while his father was stationed in the Army. Most of his formative childhood experiences involved the Netherlands. It is no wonder he feeds my love of Delftware – it brings back fond memories of his childhood.
At the beginning of the 17th Century the potters in the Dutch city of Delft began to produce plates, dishes, plaques, tiles, pots and vases. Over the next couple of centuries, the pottery made in Delft turned their city into a household name. Authentic Delfware has specific qualities – so be careful of the knock off pieces.
We were recently given an extraordinary piece that has quickly become one of my favorite items. It is easy to go overboard with something like Delftware. I think it is important to have a few beautiful pieces that stand out rather than becoming the crazy-lady-who-collects-blue-plates.