Makkum

Makkum

The village of Makkum lies in Friesland, on the eastern shore of IJsselmeer. It is known first and foremost for its pottery but also had brick and (roof)tile factories.

Waterways opened up markets to the east of Makkum. Tiles and roof tiles, made from local clay, were shipped east. Royal Tichelaar ceramics factory, allegedly the country’s oldest company, has been in the same family for 13 generations. They started off in 1572 producing bricks, then tiles and earthenware. Today the company preserves traditional craftsmanship but also successfully seeks collaboration with young designers. In the centre of Makkum, lovely townhouses line the canal. The tourist information office is housed inside the 17th century Waag (weighing hall where meat and cheese used to be weighed and approved). In the adjacent building, the weighing master’s house, you can see his fully tiled living quarters and a lovely collection of tiles and Frisian faience bowls. More ceramics can be seen at the Tichelaar ceramics museum. Outside the centre of the village stands a 17th century gothic church.