Derk Holman was born in 1916 in Buitenpost. He was a student at the Minerva Academie, mainly sculpting and painting. In the 1930’s he started his own workshop in Grootegast. In the early 1950’s Holman delivered his products all through the Netherlands in his own ship. Derk Holman passed away in 1982.
Jaap Dommisse was born in 1929 in Herwijnen (NL). After studying at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem, he started working for Jan van Stolk in Nijmegen/Oosterbeek in 1953. In 1959 he started his own workshop in Oosterbeek. For health reasons he moved to Vlissingen in the 1960’s, but after a few years he moved back to Oosterbeek. He stopped his ceramic work in the 1970’s.
Jaap Dommisse passed away in 1984.
Besides the items we list on our website, we also put up lots for auction on Catawiki on a weekly basis. Many of them will start at € 1,- and will sell to the highest bidder. Others will have a reserve price, that is usually lower than our gallery price. Obviously all items can be viewed in our shop in Zoetermeer before and during the auction.
Wim van Ham was born in 1900 in Gouda (NL). He worked for the Zenith factory as a painter and designer of patterns. Later on Wim van Ham also worked for the Ram factory in Arnhem. After WOII Van Ham moved to Deventer where he started his own workshop. Wim van Ham passed away in 1974.
Lies Cosijn was born in 1931 in Modjokertó (ID). Between 1951 and 1955 Cosijn studied at the ‘Instituut voor Kunstnijverheid’ in Amsterdam, where she was taught by (a.o.) Theo Dobbelmann, who would start the experimental department of the Porceleyne Fles in 1956. Lies Cosijn became one of the most famous of the artists working there. She left in 1962 to start her own workshop. Lies Cosijn passed away in 2016.
Hilbert Boxem was born in 1939 in Alkmaar. Between 1957 and 1961 he studied at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheid in Amsterdam. After a stay in France (with Jean Tessier in La Borne), he started his own workshop in Landsmeer, next to Adriana van Baarspul. After moving to Franeker in 1975, he focused on his teaching rather than making new work. In 1995 he started again. Boxem passed away in 2001.
Willem Stuurman (1908-1995) studied at the Quellinus school under Bert Nienhuis between 1922 and 1927. He designed for factories like E.S.K.A.F., Goedewaagen, St. Lucas Maarssen and (from 1931 to 1934) for Zenith Gouda. As artistic leader and designer he was responsible for over 250 organic art deco models, mostly executed in black, in later years also in other colors as well as different patterns, not all of them very suitable for the strong forms.
Johan van Loon was born in 1934 in Breda (NL). He studied at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheid in Amsterdam between 1952 and 1956. He also received some lessons from Stig Lindberg (1964-1965), Dame Lucie Rie (1961-1962) and prof. Kylikki Salmenhaare (1960). Still active today, Van Loon has had a long and very productive career, continuously experimenting and reinventing himself.
Potterie De Haemstede was founded in 1939 in Amsterdam by Hans Koolhaas (1920-1991), a former student of the ‘Instituut voor Kunstnijverheid’, today known as ‘Rietveld Academie’. After a period in Heemstede, the company moved back to Amsterdam. Among the employees were Lies Cosijn (shortly in 1955) and Francine Timmers. Many of the cast items were only given a paper label and are not marked.
Eecoline Adriane van Rees was born in 1890 in Buitenzorg (Java, Dutch East Indies). She was drawn to drawing at a young age and was mainly inspired by nature. Etie van Rees discovered ceramics in 1952, more or less by chance. She made her first molded pieces of clay that she had bought for someone else and “baked” them over a stove. The results were decorated with oil paint. She experimented further and not much later she bought an oven and also started to focus on glazes.
On December 15th of 2019, artist Sonja Landweer passed away in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Sonja Landweer was born in 1933 in Amsterdam (NL). She studied briefly at what was then known as the “Instituut voor Kunstnijverheid”, nowadays famous as the Rietveld academy, in 1952. In 1953/1954 she worked at the Zaalberg factory in Zoeterwoude, after which she started her first workshop, along the river Amstel.
Plateelfabriek Flora N.V. was officially founded in 1945 in Gouda by Frans and P.A. Eikenboom, although the founders had already been active during the war. Their production through the 1950’s and 1960’s was very successful, using a limited number of models in combination with contemporary patterns.
Frans Slot was born in 1909 in Epe (NL). He was a student and assistant of C.J. Lanooy from 1921 to around 1943. In 1947 he opened his own studio on the Wisselseweg in Epe, where he would remain active until 1972. During his long career, Frans Slot taught many young artists, such as Theo Genemans, Hans van Riessen, Laurens Goldewijk, Fré Beerends and Johan Broekema.
Jan van Stolk was born in 1920 in Santa Brigida, on the island of Gran Canaria. In the approximately 50 years of his active career, he has left behind a large number of ceramic works of art. He has participated in many exhibitions and has had a great influence on a large group of young artists, especially from the Arnhem / Nijmegen area.
Jan Oosterman was born in 1911 in Blaricum (NL). He received lessons from prof. Schröder and Gerrit de Blanken. Oosterman was married to Anne Weitjens. This vase was made in 1957 and is decorated in the glaze sgraffito technique, a technique also used by for example some artists in the Experimental Department of the Porceleyne Fles and introduced by Th. Dobbelmann. A thin layer of (usually white) glaze was applied to the body, after which the decor was incised. The decoration on this rare example shows influences from international artists like Joan Miró.
What is nowadays referred to as Goudaware, found its origin in ca. 1908/1909, when experiments led to the first semi-mat glazes within the Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland. In the decades to follow many variations of the so called ‘Rhodian’ series were designed and executed. One of the more appealing examples is the Corona (crown) pattern, designed ca. 1920 by Willem Hartgring.
Between 1931 and 1932 Chris Lanooy made a series of plates decorated with birds. Part of the revenue from these plates was donated to the Crisis foundation, meant to help people that were struck by the 1930’s crisis, right after the Wall Street crash. Apparently this plate was meant to become part of this series initially. The word Crisis however has been whiped out by the artist and instead of birds this beautiful whirlpool like glaze was applied.
Meindert Zaalberg (1907) was the oldest son of Herman Zaalberg. Together with his brothers Gijb en Herman jr. he joined his father in the Zaalberg Pottery in Leiderdorp at a young age. In 1962 Meindert moved to Ommen and left the family company to start Pottershuis Ommen, where he worked until his death in 1989.
Ru de Boer was born in 1920 in Haarlem. He studied at ‘de Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten’ in The Hague. Inspired by Groeneveldt Ceramics, he applied for a job at the Zaalberg factory in 1946. He worked there for 11 years and learned the ceramics trade. In 1957 he started at the Ram factory, where he got his own workshop.
The ceramic work of Jaap Ravelli undoubtedly belongs to the most recognizable in the Dutch ceramics history of the twentieth century. His company in Valkenburg (ZH), which existed between 1947 and 1977, has been responsible for a large number of – mainly serial – produced articles, playing a major role in decorative design in post-war Netherlands.
Helly Oestreicher was born in 1936 in Karlsbad (CZ). In 1938 she moved to the Netherlands. From 1954 to 1958 she studied at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheid. After that she worked a.o. at Zaalberg and made a trip to Helsinki in 1960. In 1961 she started her own workshop, first in Delft and from 1962 onwards in Amsterdam. In 1962 she worked for Westraven, replacing Hans de Jong. Helly Oestreicher won the Contour price (Porceleyne Fles) in 1967.
The St. Joris factory was founded in 1923 in Beesel, NL In 1939 the factory started producing art pottery under the name ‘Terraco’. Designers that were active for St. Joris include Leo Jungblut, Louis Konickx, Jules Rummens, Frans Lommen, Charles Grips, Albert Meertens, Piet Schoenmakers, Joep Thissen en Paul Vincken.
Hans de Jong (1932-2011) was one of the ceramic artists that shaped the era of modern ceramics in the Netherlands. In 2017 we published a monography on his life and work. Hans de Jong (1932-2011) Keramist. Author Rob Meershoek. Published by Artentique and distributed by Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle, 2017. ISBN 978 94 6262 156 5.
This studio pottery bull was made in the 1960’s by Peter Wright (UK, 1919-2003).
Wright did not consider himself as a ceramic artist per se. Clay allowed him to express his artistic ideas. This bull shows the inspiration the artist got from early Mediterranean pottery and is clearly related to the work Picasso and other artists made in the Vallauris region in the 1950’s.
Recently we acquired a nice group of items by Hein Severijns. Hein Severijns was born in 1936 in Maastricht (NL). After studying at the ‘Academie voor Toegepaste Kunsten’ and in Höhr-Grenzhausen (DE), he starting working with ceramics in 1967. The last decades Severijns has been working with porcelain in combination with crystalline glazes.
In 2009 we wrote a biography on Henny Radijs, a Dutch ceramic artist. Radijs was a well known potter in the second half of the twentieth century. In over 35 years she has left an impressive ceramic heritage. This book is about the life and work of this remarkable artist. In a short biography, in which her relation with Olga Oderkerk, Jan van der Vaart and J.H. Andrée is described, the author tries to determine her place as an artist. The book is illustrated with numerous photos of her work.