Haalderen has been making art with clay for 75 years

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Lead image TXT 1: Mrs. Duif from Haalderen on her way to her dovecote. Photo: Omroep Gelderland
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Lead image TXT 2: The tractor dealer from Farmhouse gets into his Mercedes. Photo: Omroep Gelderland
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Lead image TXT 3: The youth in Haalderen in 1967. Photo: Omroep Gelderland
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Lead image TXT 4: Murrelieffet from Haalderen’s former Boerenleenbank. Photo: Leo van Schaijk
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Lead image TXT 5: The hiking club department in Haalderense football association. Photo: Omroep Gelderland
Potter Gert Janssen 'born on the turntable'.  Photo: Omroep Gelderland

Potter Gert Janssen ‘born on the turntable’. Photo: Omroep Gelderland

HAALDEREN – The village of Haalderen found creativity through an employment project. The ceramics workshop on Ambachtstraat is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. As a result of a post-war project, Het Ambacht Haalderen produced works of art and fine ceramics for use. Many Gelderlanders have a beautiful vase or a memorial or birthday plate over the creative people from Lingewaard hanging on the wall or in the closet without knowing it.

A few years after World War II, Bemmel’s mayor, the local priest and resident Gert Janssen founded the “Foundation for the Promotion of Cultural and Material Interests”. The goal is then to help young people get an education and later into work. There would be different career paths, but only ceramics really get started. The presence of the brick factories may have influenced the choice of this profession. The craft is one of the topics covered in the eleventh episode of the 2022 Ons Dorp series.

The youth in Haalderen in 1967 – Photo: Omroep Gelderland

A small village with many children

In 1967, Haalderen is mainly a workers’ enclave. Many residents have jobs at the local brick factories or work in agriculture and horticulture. Most Haaldersen have their own kitchen garden, a few fruit trees and sometimes a pig in the barn. The animal eventually goes to the butcher, and the meat is stored in a common cold store, where a cold room or room can be rented.

The large families ensure well-stocked classes in the primary school. Thirty to forty children is the rule rather than the exception. The young people enjoy the outdoors, they play football and swim in ‘De Kolk’ in the summer and skate on De Kolk in the winter. The young people in the parish are creatively active, led by Gert Janssen, among others. For the older teens, there was a weekly ‘party’ with live music.

The wall relief from the former Boerenleenbank van Haalderen – Photo: Leo van Schaijk

From cup and saucer to wall relief

Back to The Craft. In 1947, five potters began making pottery under the guidance of an experienced instructor. When resident Joop Puntman comes to work there, decorative objects and wall sculptures are also made. In 1954, the company moved into a school building on Schoolstraat. Puntman will work as a designer at Het Ambacht from 1949 to 1969. Ceramic products can be identified by the brands “Het Ambacht Haalderen” or “AMHA”.

The reconstruction period resulted in many orders for art on walls or on the facades of buildings. In the 1970s, designs became more mundane and much less religious than in the early days. Puntman makes a wall relief for the local Boerenleenbank with the title ‘Haalderse man and his work’.

After the demolition of the bank building, the artwork is stored by the church board and placed at the entrance to the cemetery. A sign reads: “Diligent work in brickworks, in agriculture, fruit and flower growing and in trade. All this in the rustic environment with the rippling water in the gorges and the river Waal, under the glorious sun with birds in spring costume. ” Het Ambacht was owned by co-founder Gert Janssen in 1990 and is now run by his son Bart, who holds courses and workshops.

The hiking club department in the Haalderense football association – Photo: Omroep Gelderland

Very small parade

It seems that in 1967 Haalderen did not speak many associations. The closing parade is finally made by the hiking club affiliated with the Football Association. The WSV HAVO banner simply shows that they were founded two years before the recording. And the other parade club is (female) guides from the village.

Our Village can be seen every Monday from 5.20pm and already in the video below. The series is produced in collaboration with Gelders Archive, Rivierenland Regional Archive, Achterhoek and Liemers Heritage Center and the local historical societies. Next week, the camera will be in Loo near Zevenaar.

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