Delfts Blue (Dutch: Delfts blauw), is blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands and the tin-glazed pottery made in the Netherlands from the 16th century.
Delfts blue in the latter sense is a type of pottery in which a white glaze is applied, usually decorated with metal oxides. Delftware includes pottery objects of all descriptions such as plates, ornaments and tiles.
I learned painting Delfts blue by Trudy Otterspeer who is specialized in this typically Dutch technique. You can visit her studio Ambachtelijk Plateel in Gouda, NL (which I strongly recommend if you are interested in how these ceramic artworks are created).
Blue and white have always fascinated many in ceramics. The blue and white Ming dynasty vases (China) have been ever so popular, but also in much dinner sets blue and white designs are very common. Not every color serves good in different shades, but just like grey and green, blue thrives in different shades placed next to each other. That way depth can be given to an image.
As normally the Delfts designs are quite bold and busy, I like to highlight a design by painting it singled out on a large plate or bowl. That way, the image really stands out.
Plates are rewarding to throw. They have a simple form and trimming them takes some time which makes it quite relaxing. Trimming a plate when it is just the right 'leatherhardness' can be compared with finding the last pieces of a puzzle. The strings of hardened clay fly around in long pieces that are artworks themselves.
This is some freestyle work. The vessels here are single pieces with which I experiment with form and technique.