In 1935, George Goossens made an appeal to the people of Tegel to donate old ceramic pieces for a collection of Tegel ceramic handicrafts. This collection formed the basis of the collection now managed by the Tegel Ceramics Centre.
From the very beginning, we see that donations are indispensable for building a collection. Even in later years, the museum has been able to build a broad collection of ceramics thanks to the favour of generous donors.
Three large donations complete collection
Three major donations enable Ceramics Centre Tiendschuur Tegelen to offer a complete overview of the development of art ceramics from 1935 to the present day. The museum is therefore very grateful to these and all other donors.
The first donation in 2007 was the collection of the Elemans- Boekelman couple, showing the story of Tegelen ceramics from 1935 to 1953. This donation included over 1,000 pieces, many of which were objects from the Russel-Tiglia workshop.
Pieter Doensen donation
Pieter Doensen's donation (2016) follows exactly where the Elemans-Boekelman collection ends. It starts in 1950, runs until 1995 and shows in 1,300 objects the developments of contemporary Dutch and European ceramics in the second half of the 20th century.
Petra Verberne donation
Petra Verberne's collection picks up where the Doensen collection leaves off and covers the period from 1990 to the present. This collection comprises about 200 objects. A representative picture of contemporary ceramics in the Netherlands and internationally.