After a year, the trainees can draw simple examples in the factory, and three years later they are considered painters. Only after 10 years of work in the profession do they reach the level of professional accolades.
The traditional and precise examples are produced by the factory's artists thanks to stencil patterns, such as old-fashioned duplicating machines. The pattern is pasted by the artist into the bright ceramics, and from there the outline of the painting is transferred, a sort of thin sketch. On it the painters paint with brushes and strengthen the painting and then paint in a variety of shades of blue. The blue shades are obtained through the dilution of water into the paint. Then the dish is burned in the kilnt at a very high temperature. Thus the color is fixed for many years.
The museum features a selection of decorated dishes and household items prepared for the Dutch royal family.
The museum features two videos showing the way the factory operates. Children will be able to enjoy a drawing workshop on ceramics, and you can see the artists at work and other demonstrations, several times a day.
The entrance fee is 8.5 euros for children over 13 years old, and adults 13.5 euros. Children enter for free.
The traditional Delft tiles were produced mainly in Delft, Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries. Their sources of inspiration were ceramics brought in by merchants from China and some from Japan. The Dutch admired the Chinese china. They explored and began to imitate the beautifully decorated vases, urns, trays and porcelain plates. But the talent did its work and soon the tiles and painted dishes received a local Dutch style. Soon enough, they won all over Europe and their own imitations.
The subjects of the paintings also became related to the Dutch life of the time. Among them were typical Dutch motifs and daily descriptions. Particularly prominent were paintings of animals, flowers, professionals, children's games, soldiers, cavalry, boats, ships, landscapes, mythological creatures, angels and biblical scenes.
The Delft tiles were appreciated throughout Europe. They were rich in images and beautiful in the meticulous work of Delft artists. With them, an industry developed of white and glazed clay vessels decorated with blue. Today, the artists produce less tiles and more often paint on clay pots. The ancient tiles have become very valuable and are traded at very large sums of money.
Apart from its ornate porcelain factories, the main experiences in the market square of Delft's Old Town are the climb to the tall Nieuwe Kerk tower in the Netherlands and the visit to its white porcelain shops.
Delft acquired the knowledge of its porcelain industry from Chinese porcelain vessels brought by the Dutch sailors from far away China. It was the Chinese who invented this art and were excellent artists. At first the Delft artists copied the paintings and decorations from the Chinese delicate china and porcelain. But the imitation of Chinese products was not long lasting. Gradually, Delft's artists exchanged Chinese decorations on their pottery with decorations depicting European themes and motifs from life in Holland and its surroundings. From here Delft became famous for its painted porcelain dishes, the ever-increasing buyers and the reputation of its painted and decorated tiles and dishes, and became famous throughout Europe.
The city's name derives from the Dutch word "digging," due to the digging of canals that are so common in the city of Delft.