Royal Goedewaagen’s story began over 400 years ago, in the city of Gouda. It was in that year Jacob Pietersz founded earthenware factory ‘The Star’, which produced household ceramics and industrial clay moulds. The family Goedewaagen founded their own pipe factory in 1779, in those days one of 270 Gouda pipe factories. “The famous Gouda clay pipes were exported all over the world,” begins Yvonne Kooi, director of Royal Goedewaagen. “Everyone at that time smoked the clay pipe.” In 1853, Pieter Goedewaagen bought pottery factory ‘The Star’, taking with him years of experience and knowledge.