Willem Coenraad Brouwer

The Netherlands 1877 - 1933

Willem Coenraad Brouwer (1877 - 1933) trained at the drawing school of W.J. Lampe in Leiden, after which he worked in the studio for book decoration and lettering of J.A. Loeber in Leiden from 1894-98. He worked for several years at Goedewagen as a potter before he founded his own ceramic company: Brouwer's Aardewerk Fabriek. Here he experimented with various techniques of turning and kneading. He also experimented with glaze mixing, streaming glaze, reflet métallique and crackle. His work was inspired by mathematical systematics and folk and applied art from the Dutch East Indies and New Zealand. The colours he used were derived from old Dutch earthenware.