"Mecenaat Provinsje Frýslan ", Leeuwarden
|Designer:||Hans van Houwelingen|
|Aannemer:||Koninklijke Tichelaar B.V.|
|Projecttype:||art & design|
In the public area of the new Provincial building eleven suits of white porcelain armour with closed visors stand proudly on eleven consoles. Stately, conservative, self-assured and fragile, each bears the coat of arms of a Frisian town on its cuirass. A suit of armour made of porcelain is like Frisian tradition, which preserves the people but at the same time makes them vulnerable. Tradition protects, but is also society's Achilles heel, just as porcelain can last a thousand years or be shattered by a single blow. Koninklijke Tichelaar produced the numerous components of these suits of armour. This commission has once again enabled Koninklijke Tichelaar to showcase its traditional craftsmanship and expertise in ceramics. Hans Van Houwelingen: “I am very impressed by Makkum's craftsmanship".