The founder of Heinen Delfts Blauw is Jaap Heinen, born and raised in Spakenburg. With his creative spirit, he drew and painted his first scenes in the Japanese and Chinese Imari styles. From there he would delve into Delft blue. A logical route, because Delft blue originated in the Far East. Jaap is commissioned to paint more often. Vases, plates and tight patterns of the Spakenburg costumes. The hobby takes on serious proportions.
Son Jorrit now works regularly in the studio. His creativity and practice enable him to make his craft his own. At a given moment Jorrit paints a plate that he can subsequently sell for 25 guilders. The commercial spirit awakened in him and Jorrit decided to go to work with his father. That is an incentive for Jaap to take his hobby seriously again. One day Jaap says to his son: "We'd better find a shop in Amsterdam." That happens. In 1985 Jaap buys a shop on the Prinsengracht near the Leidsestraat. Easily visible, passers-by see Jaap and Jorrit at work here daily. Curious tourists find this beautiful. They are increasingly buying pottery.
Despite the success of the souvenir market, handicraft has always been a passion of Jorrit. Heinen Delfts Blauw, therefore, continues to focus, unabated, on the handicraft which, in the coming years, will be put firmly back on the map. 'Back to basics', states the vision since 2015. With the deployment of the best designers, pottery painters and ceramic engineers, we bring handicrafts and production to the highest possible level. With love for the antique Delft blue craft. And with a vision forward. Tradition and innovation. Creating new traditions.