Millions of tiles and many thousands of dishes and other pottery originated in the Frisian factories. The cradle of the Frisian pottery industry is in Harlingen. Initially the multicolored majolica technique was used here and later tin-glaze pottery was also manufactured. The fine Frisian products were in great demand, especially in Northern Europe.
Harlingen is home to the last traditional pottery factory in the Netherlands where tiles and crockery are still produced in an original way. Artisan pottery is made with so-called majolica technology, which enjoys fame far beyond the national borders.