Made in Belgium

During the Belgian revolution of 1830 and the period of mutiny afterwards (1830-1839) the family BOCH had already acquired a long tradition in the field of faience and a lot of strategic experience in anticipating politic and economic developments.

Around 1874, due to the passionate interest of collectors of old faience pieces, Victor BOCH hires Dutchman from Maastricht, some already experienced after years of work in Delft. These Dutch faience painters brought their knowledge, experience and skills.

Thanks to their collaboration the old working methods were applied on different clay than the potters in Delft.

A period of reproduction of decors is followed by a period of innovation, among others with the polychrome decors on white background, or bleu, green or black, and afterwards new decors.

Luxury faience is decorated with Delft decors, and becomes a speciality of the “Manufacture” in a division named “la Chambre des peintres hollandais” (the Holland painter’s chamber).

These pieced each with a hand painted signature of the interlaced letters “B, F, K“ (Boch frères Keramis) on the bottom of the pieces.

These artistic products in Delft style are hand painted, instead of being decorated with a usual printed decor.

 

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Faience

Boch Frères Keramis pottery from La Louvière Belgium. The is a Fermes Decoration which translates from French to “Green farms.” The green is very warm, subtle shades with scenes of people, sky and windmills.

This one is Transfer ware Bowl that dates back to about 1880 and it still retains it’s lustre; no cracks, no chips. Wonderfully kept pieces of pottery don’t you think? They are still for sale if you can find them. We found three in Paris. Mint.

Boch Keramis began making pots between 1844 and 1846 created Bayern landscapes and views of the Rhine, genre scenes, decors inspired by the Orient, the decor engravings on these plates, applied by chisel and stamp.

The very first decors were monochrome, mostly in bleu or black impression, and have a factory stamp with large banner in general, and are sometimes produced in sister factories. Sometimes they are bicolour, black for the centre decoration and another colour for the border decoration.

Some of these decors are printed in a slightly blurred way for the English and American for those who love this kind of illustrations.

Around 1860 the production of polychrome pieces starts with accents above or underneath the glazing, sometimes the same decors are produced in monochrome and in polychrome.

The romantic scenes were farms, city views, the saints with their attributes, Napoleons battles, humorist scenes and the height’s of travelling by railway.

But these are my favourites here by far; for the faience is in the amazing glazing.

Tanba-Yaki

These old Japanese pottery Sake cups were made by Tanba Ware. It is a Blue Green Brown pottery process where the clay is covered with sand and then fired to a light brown glaze.

The original light blue glaze is developed with sand and poured on during the firing process set into the firewood only for a few days.

Tanba Ware originated approximately 800 years ago and has played an essential role in people’s daily lives, as well as becoming sought after as artwork in recent years.

Its distinguishing feature is its simplicity and absence of decorative flourishes. It consists mainly of tableware made for daily use, made with a view to being a part of daily life.

Practical knowledge about daily life was drawn on in making Tanba-yaki pottery, so that the finished product is easy to use, and to the touch imparts a sense of the warmth of the earth and of the people.

I love the colours. So warm

Art Carved

What is the condition that distinguishes us from animal, plant and from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.

Every human story is a life written and represented; and from there we exist. There are the experiences where we feel real emotion; just as I know emotion is not a fictional pseudonym.

We seek to dream and dream about the things we seek; of a spiritual reality and a destiny greater than the merely mortal.

What are those things that are more than merely mortal? The author with a prose; the lecturer with an intended set of temporal actions to achieve an objective, the painter with oil and canvas; to that, it is their life, of their work and to its end is their purpose.

Reflecting about what we see and what it

creates within us is what gives us self worth; an appreciation for the things that surround us.

Maybe it allows us to inspired, to be motivated. Could it be that dependence on the sense of this desire of fulfilment is what gives us this sense of value to our life?

Is it this philosophy or is the aesthetics that answers the questions to these principles that gives beauty to these arts; to writing, to critical thinking, to language, thought, the appreciation of an old Dutch painting; and perhaps even to an angel face carved in wood from the 18th Century.

Me and Jim found him in a market together near the Louvre.

I don’t maybe, but I think things like this old Wood face is the aesthetics; in the beautiful philosophy when I look into the face of an art carved angel.

Gratitude 

Thinking Out Loud

I can only speak one language
You can speak maybe three or five,
I admire that.
Sometimes I hear you talking.

Speaking to another
In French or Spanish or Italian;
I love that!
Thinking out loud.

I wish my brain 
Could speak like you
In more than one language;
In a voice I never heard.

There is an art
To say, “I love you”
In more than one way.

There are two or more words
They say,
To the meanings of everything,
There is more than one understanding
In this world of speaking. 

More languages 
Than anyone could 
Ever imagine. 

This is a world of sounds
Of soundscapes, landscapes
That speak,
And conversation in cafe’s
Of voices on the internet,
And some writing it too. 

I only have one voice,
When it comes to you, 
It’s a language 
I know you’ll understand.

Language is the sound
Of many songs,
How wonderful it is…
That other voice so dear…
How lucky I am!
I came to hear
That voice in you.

Le Voyage

Bonjour!

I have always loved to travel. Sometimes it’s risky leaving home, going on an adventure to another country, then going through customs and then border patrols.

Those are times when we share new loves and new conversations talking about settling somewhere new. What if”s are fun… refreshing. Perhaps looking for a job or even a new house anyone knows that it is risky. But, I think sometimes the heart overtakes reason and you just want to hit the road.

We are on our way to Paris, just for a few days. Taking the ferry from Dover to Calais. We’re diving with doggies and it’s only for a few days. They even have their own passports.

Maybe we don’t get paid when to travel, but the return is priceless; it’s healing for the soul; it’s a breath of life, energy and refreshing to the mind and body.

And nevertheless; Luckily, when I return home I will be starting a new job soon. I’ll be ready to come back to work. I don’t mind because I love to experience new places and people.

Anyway, travelling is a high for me. I think to some it can be so overwhelming when it’s on demand rather than inspired.  Like when it’s for work rather than pleasure.

Taking a spontaneous journey requires passion, believing in yourself and your partner. A journey is about creating a believable story, despite timing setbacks, and enduring to understand a different language. I’m attempting to learn French. The doggies understand it better than I do!

Travel takes fortitude. Then you have to write about it and photograph it and publish your experience.

So we share the joy of the road; Jim and I, we travel with our chihuahua’s; Boubou and Daisy. They are lovely companions; against all odds and despite all; I love this view from the road with them.

Although, I don’t think I go alone or even complete a thought on paper without them.

Travel requires learning the craft of road and the motion of thought and all that goes with the journey. But then, I always look forward going back home and to work so we can hit the road again next summer.

Au revoir…until we meet again.