How is Delft Blue handpainted?

Royal Delft uses two age-old techniques to create Delft Blue. The origin and core of Royal Delft is the hand painting of high-quality Delft Blue pottery.

Decorating starts with applying the contours with charcoal, after which the panel painters shape the details freehand with special brushes made of marten and squirrel hair. The paint is water-based and color nuances are created by mixing the paint less or more with water. The Delft Blue decor is painted with a dye mixture that for the most part consists of cobalt oxide according to age-old recipes. Due to chemical reactions during the baking process, it changes color - hidden under the glaze - in a black-painted pattern to blue. You can find the entire production process here.

You can find the completely hand-painted products in the The Original Blue collection.