Marius and Hugo van WoerdenThis website gives information on pottery made by Marius and Hugo van Woerden in the period 1964 - 1984 in Gouda. Their pottery is also known as Vest.
From 1964 to 1973 the brothers van Woerden made pottery with the name "van Woerden Gouda Aardewerk".
In 1973 the name was changed in "Vest keramiek Gouda-Holland".
The Vest company stopped in 1984 and the brothers emigrated to Canada, where they started another company Castle Ceramics .
More information about Marius and Hugo van Woerden is available on the Marius van Woerden website (vestkeramiek.com) and on other websites. See sources.
CollectionWith the buttons at the top you can make a choice from:
Groups. To get a good overview of the diversity of forms and glazes there are photos of groups. There is also a slideshow.
Identification. Vest can be recognised by a number of characteristics. These characteristics are described in detail.
Numbers, forms and glazes. You can search by model number, shape, or glaze. All so far known model numbers are listed. New numbers are still found.
Collection, photos. All photos of vases are from my collection. Private use of photographs is permitted, for commercial purposes permission is required.
Forms - ModelsVest Ceramics is characterized by its many forms and models. From very large to very small. The shapes sometimes seem quite simple, but are very stylish. However, there is never a figur or motif or decor. Yet there was a large variation by using more then 20 different glazes.
For more detailed information on how to recognize Vest Ceramics, click the button identification.
GlazesVest is especially known for the Fat Lava glaze. When baking this glaze, vesicles develop. The structure resembles lava stone. Well known glazes are Negro and Rubens.
Less well known are red and blue glazes that are smooth. The result of these glazes was unpredictable and only visible after baking. This caused a big variation.
For further information and an overview, click the button glazes.
New vasesIn my collection the new vases below have also a red border.
Info and contactThe creator of this website is born at the same period and in the same town as the brothers Marius and Hugo van Woerden. The brothers were born in Rijswijk (ZH) in the 40's. Much information on this website is due to their willingness to cooperate.
My collection is still not complete. You can always mail me for further information, additions and other comments.