Delft Pottery of Delftse Pauw
Dating back to the 17th century, Delft Pottery de Delftse Pauw is a factory and showroom dedicated to creating and selling Delft's internationally celebrated blue-and-white pottery. Come here to learn about the history of the iconic products and see how they are produced through free educational tours; it’s also a great place to pick up some Delftware of your own.
The Delftware tin-glazed pottery technique hasn’t changed much since the 17th century—each piece requires the craftsmanship of a master painter to produce the very specific look this brand is known for. The showroom and minimuseum showcases a wide range of authentic Delftware, which is always entirely hand-painted, in a historic Dutch building overlooking a canal.
Things to Know Before You Go
Entrance to Delft Pottery de Delftse Pauw is free of charge, as are guided tours, which are available in seven languages, including English.
It is possible to purchase Delftware pieces in the shop at factory prices and have them shipped all over the world.
Tile-painting workshops are available upon request.
How to Get There
Delft Pottery de Delftse Pauw is located at Delftweg 133 in The Hague, less than an hour’s drive from Amsterdam via route A4. Alternatively, there is frequent and efficient train service between Amsterdam and The Hague; from Den Haag Centraal, the museum is just a short tram ride away via line 1 or 19 (Brasserskade stop).
When to Get There
From November 1 to March 15, De Delftse Pauw is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm and Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays from 11am to 1pm. Between March 16 and October 31, the factory is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm. Free tours, which start every 10 minutes, allow visitors to see the pottery up close and learn about the history and production of authentic Delftware.
De Delftse Pauw offers workshops to visitors wishing to learn more about Delftware and even paint a piece on their own. Led by a professional painter, the workshops include a Delft tile, though the glazing and firing process means you’ll have to wait a week to pick yours up. For an extra fee, the factory can ship tiles back to your home country.
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