Migrating ceramics In 2018

Dutch ceramics have long been known throughout the world: Delftware’s enduring popularity is an example; ‘Delftware’ has even become a generic name. Yet, while there is something special about Dutch ceramics, they rarely originated in the Netherlands. Usually, ceramics from abroad were adapted here into something new, produced successfully and then re-exported to other countries.

The exhibition Migrating Ceramics explores the dynamics of culture on the basis of the development and distribution of ceramic techniques and products, with the Netherlands as the pivot. The success stories will take you past the highlights of European ceramics history: from Chinese porcelain to Delftware, the production of English creamware in the Netherlands, the Dutch use of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, and our country’s world-famous export product: Dutch design.

The exhibition Migrating Ceramics is part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.