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José den Hartog

  • Ceramic decorator
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Master Artisan
José den Hartog Ceramic decorator
Dutch, English, French, German
By appointment only
+31 633919155
©Piet Gispen Photography

Ceramics as a canvas for Fine art

  • • Natural history and textiles are José's muse
  • • Her ceramic murals are in demand
  • • A book character’s fearlessness was her example

Rather than using paper or canvas to apply her art, José den Hartog decorates ceramic tiles, plates and vases, producing unique treasures for the home, working on a philosophy that everyday objects that have been made with love highly improve quality of life. In her studio, she is surrounded by books and decorative objects, artefacts from the natural world, creating her own cabinet of curiosities – and ultimately inspiration for her one-off designs. Commissions are plentiful, such as ceramic murals for kitchens, bathrooms, and fireplaces. Her designs are infused with elements from the natural world, often carried out in a whimsical style and a contemporary twist, bringing the past and present elements together to form artworks that are not only enjoyed today, but will continue to be treasured by future generations.

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  • ©José den Hartog
  • ©José den Hartog
  • ©José den Hartog
  • ©José den Hartog
Photo: ©José den Hartog

This earthenware dish is adorned with an underglaze drawing in Delft blue, cobalt oxide, of a peony surrounded by dot patterns.

Diameter 38 cm

Photo: ©José den Hartog

This earthenware tile is adorned with an underglaze drawing in Delft blue, cobalt oxide, of a nautilus shaped shell surrounded by dot patterns.

Height 20 cm
Width 30 cm

Photo: ©José den Hartog

This earthenware dish is decorated with various layers of glaze. An underglaze drawing in black, based on an ammonite's spiral shape, contrasted with a blue-green background.

Diameter 38 cm

Photo: ©José den Hartog
On the road

This earthenware plate in black is adorned with an underglaze drawing depicting a monkey in a red coat travelling on the back of a turtle on a green background with partly fishnet pattern in black.

Diameter 38 cm

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