This earthenware colander served to drain fish on.
The faience painter who made the decorations apparently did not bother to take real fishes as models, as the ones he painted are hardly recognizable, except for the flatfish in the middle.
Fish colander, Friesland, latter half 18th century
Earthenware pottery is made from clay, just like bricks and roof, floor and wall tiles. As the soil in northwest Friesland predominantly consists of clay, the presence of numerous pot, tile and pan factories in that area need not be wondered at. Especially Makkum, Harlingen and Bolsward, with their convenient location to ship in the raw material and ship off their products were known for their ceramics factories.