Jan Bontjes van Beek


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(b 18 Jan 1899, Vejle, Netherlands; d 5 September 1969, Berlin). Dutch ceramicist who pursued his career in Germany. He opened a workshop near Bremen in 1922, manufacturing simple vessels to which (from 1929) he added lustre glazes. He moved to Berlin in 1933, and for the next ten years produced stoneware with feldspar glazes. He was uncompromised by the Nazi government (his daughter Cato Bontjes van Beek was executed for resisting Nazi rule), and survived to become one of the most important ceramicists of post-war Germany. There is an important collection of his work in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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