Woudagemaal, Lemmer

Location: Lemmer (NL)
Period: July 2013
Builder: Wetterskip Fryslan

Restoration of Woudagemaal in Lemmer.

The splendid and unique steam-driven pumping station in Lemmer was built in 1920 in the architectural style of the time. The still working pump and building have since been added to the UNESCO world heritage list. Two hundred replica tiles were made for the interior. Naturally the new tiles had to be indistinguishable from the old.


Obviously the circumstances and production processes in those days differ from the present and were often a secret of the maker. Sometime wonderful effects were discovered by accident, which creates a huge challenge to replicate.

Drip technique

By using multiple glazes applied by hand dripping, each tile acquired its own unique appearance, yet all together they still formed a visually harmonious whole.

A magnificent result!

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