This isnt tulip season in Holland, they are made of wood
No wonder Picasso and Renoir cherished this place.
Voldendam from ferry
Marken from ferryWe missed visiting wooden shoe factory in Marken .But what bothered us was, the tourist office when called told that we had less than 10 minutes after alighting to catch up to the group. So we ran through beautiful streets of Marken.
Marken, behind me is the wooden shoe factory ( I found my bus look)Sadly, it seemed like a place where one can spend an entire day. There were flowers everywhere, apple trees leaning into the road appearing like arch from fences. To our relief, we caught up to group when they were about to leave.
The tram of AmsterdamWe came back to Amsterdam and boarded another bus for next part of the tour. First we visited picturesque town called Delft which is famous for Delftware pottery.
Town of DelftDelftware is world famous hand painted pottery from 16th century. These days Delft is known because of British Airways. They painted aircraft with Delft designs and also sold Delft replica of miniature Dutch houses
This family owned factory produces “Delftse Pauw” pottery for many generations.
We were given demonstration on how the clay is made into shapes and heated in the kiln.
These wares bake in kiln for hours at 500°C !
from normal plate to art
She must love her job!Later design is traced into these plates, and painted with oxides, white glaze and heated again to produce the shiny surface
Beware they are good to look, light to hold but very heavy on purse.