I have collected Gouda pottery for much of my life. But my collection only
became bigger when the Internet became available. In the 1980’s I paid a
near fortune to get some pieces from an antique dealer, there was no
choice by then, it was just not possible to visit antique dealers
around the world. These days it is different. And thanks to the internet
my collection has now grown and became special to me.
The majority of the pottery in my collection was made around the
1920’s. My collection was mainly made by the Gouda PZH factory. PZH
stands for Plateel fabriek Zuid Holland which is Dutch for "
Earthenware Factory in the province of Zuid Holland." Other
factories did exist, but the PZH forms the main part of my
When I left Holland in the 1980’s I had a few bits of Gouda pottery, and I
tried to get a few more before I left Holland to leave for
Australia, because I realised there would not be as much for sale
So I visited the town of Gouda and looked around to see if I could find
some. To my surprise that did not eventuate. I had expected some shops
where I could buy some, but nothing, so I left empty handed. I then
realized that this type of pottery is really quite scarce, and whatever is
there, was already those days, in the hands of collectors and
children or grand children of the original owners.
Interesting enough, it seems easier these days (and cheaper) with the
internet to find some nice pieces then it was some 30 years ago.
I strongly believe that my collection is unique, and I very much like the
thought to have something that cannot just be bought at any shop around
I still enjoy collecting and am not yet finished with it.