This is the fourth installment in my ‘Day Trips from Amsterdam series. Check back every other Thursday for a new Dutch destination.

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The Dutchman and I love mocking one another’s national histories. He will point out that some mailbox on the corner is older than America and I will point out that his country did nothing of significance post-Golden Age. It is a banter that never gets old, even though he is through and through an American patriot and I adore Dutch history. Today’s installment  of ‘Daytrips from Amsterdam‘ takes us back to the 16th century when that Golden Age I love to joke about was just revving up and about to explode on an international scale. De Delftse Pauw is a result.

 

De Delftse Pauw

Exterior of the De Delftse Pauw. photo credit: hmvh via cc

 

 

The History of the Delftse Pauw

 

The Netherlands had just gotten out of the grasp of Spain and begun investing heavily on their maritime endeavours. The Dutch founded the  Dutch East Indian Company in 1602, leading to a booming trade with the Far East, the world’s first stock exchange, and an influx of new goods such as spices, tea, and Chinese porcelain. The porcelain quickly became popular with the upper classes, impressed by the details of the Chinese workmanship. After imports declined, Dutch craftsman began imitating the designs with a Dutch spin, eventually leading to Delftware. It was only a matter of years before the Chinese were imitating the Dutch and exporting the creations back to Europe.

 

DID YOU KNOW? De Pauuw in Dutch means  The Peacock.

 
In 1650 the pottery factory “de Paauw” was established in the town of Delft, one of  32 factories in the town producing the hand painted pottery. The Delft Blue pottery became famous around the world, and still remains an iconic symbol of the country. Today there are only a handful of workshops that create the traditional hand painted Delftware, the Delftse Pauw is one of them. The Delftse Pauw is a perfect day trip from Amsterdam, you can see how this famous pottery is made first-hand and learn all about the craftsmanship required for each and every piece. 

 

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Visiting the Delftse Pauw

The Delftse Pauw factory offers free guided tours of the factory every ten minutes. The guide takes the group through the factory, showing the process in which every piece of Delftse Pauw pottery is made. You will learn about the history of Delftware, as well as the copyright issues they face. It is very interesting to see how many steps it takes to make something as simple as a vase, the guide takes visitors through the entire process from start to finish.

 

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Here you can see the process of crating a plate, from the white clay form to the painted form, to the form once it is glazed.

 

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Different types of pottery made at the Delftse Pauw, including the famous Dutch houses.

 

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An artisan hand painting intricate scenes onto the pottery.

 

Admission for the Delftse Pauw

Adults

FREE

 

Children 4 – 11 years

FREE

 

Children up to 3 years 

FREE

 

How to Get There

There are several ways to get to Delft from Amsterdam, but by car or train are going to be the easiest. Driving is straightforward, and there is plenty of free parking in the area. If you are using GPS, here is the address you should use:  2289 BD – Delftweg 133, Rijswijk (ZH) – Delftweg 133.

By train you can go from Amsterdam Centraal to Delft Centre station. The journey takes around one hour and shouldn’t require any changes. Once you have arrived at the station, take tram 1 or 19 to stop Brasserskade which will put you only a few minutes walk from the Delftse Pauw.

 

 

For more information on the Delftse Pauw- take a look at their website.

 

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Header Image photo credit: archer10 (Dennis) via cc

 

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