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The designs and colours of Gouda pottery are simply stunning as can be seen from these examples. They are a very small part of our collection.

We live in the County of Yorkshire here in the UK and warmly welcome Gouda collectors from wherever you live in the world.





The reason for this site is to share with you our love of collecting Gouda pottery. It contains a selection from our collection, we believe unique in the United Kingdom, plus pictures, articles and information from collectors around the world. Some may not like the format but we made it to look and feel like a reference book with pages and an index (this page).

We try to answer questions to the best of our knowledge but remember there is still a huge amount unknown about Gouda pottery. We neither claim perfection nor a closed mind.

We must mention the ceaseless support of our friends from all over Holland - Joop & Ria Nobel, Barbara & René Walraven, Henk Wolffensperger & José van Bragt, Bert-Jan Baas, Peter & Trudie Bierens, Bert & Joke Holthuysen, Friggo Visser & Johan Karelse.

With very special thanks to Ron Tasman for unflagging continued help and support with many of our questions! Special thanks also to Hotze & Elly Barendse, Patrick van den Berg, Dick & Nel Bode, Nico van Eijk, Rick Erickson, Peter Cameron, Doreen & George Gallimore, Dennis van den Hoek & family, Egbert Hughes, Jan & Riet Peddemors, Phyllis Ritvo, David Tonge, Henk Veentjeer, Arlene & Lee Van de Wetering. Royal Goedewaagen & all the staff. Hans Vogels at Museum Gouda in Gouda & all the staff. The staff at Royal Delft, in particular Jessica Wallien - van Erkel. Saskia van den Berg & staff from the Purmerends Museum. To all other museums in Holland, in the UK and all those people who have wished to remain anonymous - they are from all over the world - a big thank you.

Gouda has global interest. From photographs and questions you send, some magnificent pieces exist all around the world. We receive queries and photographs constantly and through our contacts have made some wonderful friends. Countries, Provinces & States, total of 148 at present, that have contacted us for information, accessed the site or sent pictures, can be found at this link.

Gouda-Design is provided simply for you by two dedicated collectors for the love of collectors. You say keep the site simple, bright, colourful, enjoyable and with lots of pictures - so we do. Enjoy your visit and return soon.

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Our collection began from a small vase inherited from Stuart's mother. It came from a glass and china shop where she worked in the 1920's and 1930's. Imagine the Art Nouveau and Art Deco pottery that must have been on display. If only we could travel back in time!

You know the saying about 'a bull in a china shop'. Well it seems the shop was across the road from an abattoir. One day in 1930 a bull escaped and blundered into the shop doorway causing some panic before being captured. Quite true - we can assure you!

No decor name on the base marks but we know it is 'Linote' - one of the classic PZH designs. Date is 1929. Slight chip on the rim. No idea if the chip was on the vase back in 1930 - perhaps it was the bull! Click image or here for details.

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Gouda & other Dutch pottery from our collection. Some links not yet active ~ others link to 'Bits & Bobs'.

 Gouda Gallery 1

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 Gouda Gallery 3

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 Gouda Gallery 5

 Gouda Gallery 6

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 Gouda Gallery 17

 Gouda Gallery 18


 BIHL (Czech)

 De porceleyne Fles




 James Plant 

 Japanese Gouda




 Quo Vadis


  Regina Gallery








Exclusive features and information from collectors'.

 Arlene & Lee Collection

 Barbara & René Ivora

 Bert-Jan Tile Collection

 Cees Collection

 David Collection

 Dennis Jaap Gidding

Dennis Rozenburg

Dutch Delftware 

Ed. Antheunis 

Ellen's Collection

Gert-Jan Breetvelt 

Henk & José Collection  

 Holtze & Elly Collection

James & Margaret Collection

Jan Collection  

Jan Schonk Plastiek 

Joe Regina Collection

Kevin's Decor Breetvelt 

  Michael Collection

Nico van Eijk Collection 

Paul's Japanese Gouda

Phyllis Ritvo 

Post War Gouda 

Regina Factory

  René & Barbara Velsen

Ria Nobel 

Rob Collection 

Steve & Waldo Collection  

Strike & Recession 

The Holthuysen Collection

  Tim & Linda Collection

Collectors' pictures from around the world - now in 34 galleries.

 Collectors Index Page

Please look at the Collectors' Index Page as there are many clickable thumbnails leading to larger pictures in the galleries.



We have only a memory, dear Barbara
We cherish our whole life through
But the sweetness will live forever
As we treasure the memory of you

Barbara Alida Walraven - de Wit

10 August 1959 - 24 February 2018

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a very dear friend from the Netherlands, Barbara Walraven.
Barbara was always loving and kind to us on our many visits to see her and husband René. Sharing together our passion of Dutch pottery and her vast knowledge and expertise of Ivora, which culminated in the
Ivora exhibition at Museum Gouda in 2015. Maybe another of the reasons we saw her so much was for the wonderful dinners she always cooked! We will never forget her generosity and hospitality.

We extend our deepest sympathy to our dear friend her husband René, the boys Pieter & Léon and the entire family.

Our pain is shared with them at this sad time.



Made in Holland: 400 years a global brand. Keramiek Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden.


Exhibition Made in Holland: 400 years a global brand is part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. It will open on June 2, 2018 and run until June 20, 2019.

Explores development and distribution of ceramic techniques and products from the Netherlands. Highlights of European ceramics from Chinese porcelain to Delftware. Production of English creamware in the Netherlands, the Dutch use of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles plus Netherlands famous export product - Dutch design.

As collectors, the "lookalikes" such as James Plant from England, Japanese, Belgium and Czechoslovakian examples are well known to us. Many can be seen here on our website Gouda-Design. If you have any James Plant, Japanese or Belgium PZH "lookalikes", preferably the green background ones, the museum would be interested in hearing from you.

Contact Bert-Jan Baas by email at bertjanbaas@live.nl or Karin Gaillard at info@princessehof.nl

Leen Muller and the Plateelbakkerij Zuid-Holland ~ (1898-1936).


Green vase with salamander ~ 1933.

The exhibition runs from 24 January 2016 until 8 May 2016 in Museum Gouda. More information can be found on the link below.


There will also be a book about Leen Muller to accompany the exhibition. The book is in Dutch but will have an 8 page summary in English. Two of the authors are our dear friends Bert-Jan Baas and Dennis van den Hoek, together with authors Koos van Brakel and Frits Muller who is the grandson of Leen Muller.

It can be obtained from the publishers Primavera (and other good booksellers including online sellers) from 26 January 2016. See the link below.


Some pictures of the exhibition can be seen here.

This exhibition has now ended. The excellent book is available and highly recommended.

Ivora exhibition Museum Gouda.

This exhibition has ended but you can still see the pictures we took by clicking on the link below.

   Our dear friends Barbara & René have an exhibition of Plateelbakkerij Ivora at Museum Gouda from January 18 to May 17, 2015.

See here for a page with more information and pictures of the opening on Saturday 17 January

To compliment the exhibition there will be a double issue of Vormen uit Vuur, one of the leading magazines on ceramics. You can find information here on the Museum Gouda website.


  Plateelbakkerij Zenith


Announcing forthcoming new books on Plateelbakkerij Zenith. The main book (in Dutch) will be released next year 2019, no precise date as yet. As a taster to whet your appetite, two paperbacks will be available, one in Dutch and a version in English. These are due for release in September this year (2018) when a promotional launch is being planned to be held in Museum Gouda.

The main book of some 400 pages (in Dutch) will cover everything you ever wanted to know about Zenith pipes and plateel. It will include a full colour catalogue of around 200 pages with some 1200 photos. Included (amongst many other items) will be a photo list of plateel decors, Delft Blue patterns, retro designs, household items, a complete list of everyone who ever worked at Zenith along with their occupations, dates of service and a small selection of accompanying personnel photos. A lot of the information in the book has come from collections of catalogues, price lists, advertising and recollections of various staff members. Decorator marks and factory marks will also be included.

More information will be here when final details and updates emerge.

Gouda Sculptures Part 2

The new book by Johan Karelse is out in December. This is Part 2 of Johan's highly successful first book of Gouda figurines. Available in a very limited number of 200! To see a flyer (in Dutch) and how to order can be downloaded from here. You will need a PDF reader to download the page. You can contact the publishers and pre-order from them at - http://www.primaverapers.nl. The ISBN number to order is 978-90-5997-253-7.

 'Kunstaardewerkfabriek Regina ~ Gouda 1917-1979'
 The new book on Regina pottery by our dear friend Joop Nobel. Note - this is now sold out!

 'The Gouda Pottery Book' and see 'The Gouda Pottery Book ~ Inside Story'   The Gouda Pottery Book by our friend Ron Tasman.

  'Gouda Sculptures - Plastieken'   Book on Gouda sculptures/figurines by Johan Karelse. Superb book.

 'Matt Plateel Project ~ The matt glazed ware of PZH'   Research project for a forthcoming new book on the matt glazed ware of PZH during the years 1909 to 1923.

News and updates.

The new book of Gouda Sculptures by Johan Karelse out now. See above.

Kevin, from Canada, has added new pieces to his Decor Breetvelt collection. See here for the new page.

Fake Rozenburg vase from an internet site. For sale from a dealer in the USA. See Gouda Copies 19 for the pictures.

More fake Colenbrander RAM vases are appearing on Marktplaats.nl. Don't be fooled by the bids! One recently on eBay USA but the seller was informed and removed the item.

Fake ESKAF vase on eBay. Thanks to eagle eyed Dutch collectors. See Gouda Copies 18.

From Dennis, super article on the birth of Rozenburg Eggshell Porcelain.

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