Sometimes the term Delftware is used to describe any blue and white ceramic item. However, authentic Delftware is hand painted by experienced artists and tin-glazed by a process developed over centuries. The results are one-of-a-kind items treasured by knowledgeable collectors. All authentic Delftware pieces of true Dutch origin are hand painted and can be identified by an imprint showing the factory mark, item number, and the artist's initials.
De Delftse Pauw pottery in Delft, Holland. At this moment only two factories carry on the tradition of producing authentic Delftware. De Delftse Pauw is one of these factories. The site has information about the history and the production process as well as a catalogue of products.