Gouda Dutch Art Pottery
Gouda pottery in Australia:
An Australian advertisement from 1912 described the Gouda pottery in glowing terms:
The distinguishing feature of this unique art ware is its remarkably hard body, original pleasing forms, and novel color scheme. Few artists have dared to introduce such striking contrasts; yet everything is in harmony. The color combinations lend themselves effectively to the quaintness of the forms and old world style of decorations.
Quite a few PZH Gouda decors were inspired by wellknown Australian Icons
and many of those were sold directly into Australia by the makers.
This PZH Waratah plate is a nice
For some advertisements on how Gouda was sold here in Australia , click
Of course also over the years Gouda pottery made it into Australia because
immigrants brought it with them.
Overall Gouda pottery is not very well known in Australia. Everyone knows
about Gouda cheese and Delft, but not many are aware of this type of
And out of the few people that know about this type of pottery, even fewer
know that some of it was specifically made to be sold in Australia. The
Laughing Jackass decor featuring a Kookaburra was one of them,
they were marketed in Australia under the name: Dutch Art Pottery.
Also special dedicated decors were produced for our Southern neighbour,
i.e. New Zealand. Wall plates were produced with decors of a Kiwi-bird and
of the Tui-bird.
I have bought many nice examples of Gouda down here in Australia, it
exists but is not as widespread as in Holland or the USA.
For much more about these decors, click HERE