John de Koning, an admirer and collector of Ravelli pottery, is the author of this richly illustrated biography of the Ravelli Pottery firm that was located in Leiden in the Netherlands. The pottery was set up in 1944 by the Ravelli brothers Dick and Jaap Ravelli and earned national recognition as a result of its high-quality household earthenware products made in their own characteristic style. From ashtrays to garden pieces; from black-and-white vases to innovative 'keramobiles'; and from hanging bowls for indoor plants to animal figurines and tiles for interior decoration.
As one of the first examples of post-war 'Dutch design', the work produced by Ravelli blended seamlessly with international trends in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Ravelli is an animated and personal account of the history of the pottery, and includes interviews with the key players in the firm and examples of the products and working methods.
This book was first published in 1989 in Dutch and has continued in print in order to meet market demand. With another print-run imminent, the decision was taken to publish the book as an e-book and in the English. As a result, the opportunity arose to supplement the biography with previously unpublished photos and a new chapter on the work produced by Jaap Ravelli after the closure of the pottery in 1977.