The Delftware tin-glazed pottery technique has been used since the 17th century, and has not changed much since (which could partly explain its popularity nowadays) – each piece requires the craftsmanship of a master painter to produce the very specific look this pottery is known for. The specific blue hue used on the Delftware pottery is instantly recognizable and has become somewhat of a trademark in its own right in many countries around the world.
The showroom and mini-museum showcases a wide range of authentic Delftware, which are always entirely hand-painted, in an authentic Dutch building overlooking a canal.
Delftse Pauw is located at Delftweg 133 in The Hague, and can be reached in less than an hour by car 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). Entrance to and guided tours of Delftse Pauw are free of charge. Tours start every 10 minutes and allow visitors to see the pottery up close as well as to learn about the history and production of authentic Delftware. Workshops are also available upon request. It also is possible to purchase pieces in the shop for factory prices and have them shipped all over the world. From November 1 to March 15, the Delftse Pauw is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11AM until 1PM, and every day from 9AM until 4:30PM between March 16 and October 31.