The Zaalberg family has been creating beautiful ceramics for three generations. Herman Zaalberg I (1880-1950) founded studio De Rijn in 1918. In 1937 the name was changed to Potterij Zaalberg. Herman Zaalberg had two sons, Meindert and Maarten. Maarten (1924-1989) settled in South Africa where he founded his own studio, also called Potterij Zaalberg. Meindert (1907-1989) settled in Ommen in the province of Overijssel where he founded the studio Ommen. He also marked some of his pots “Marco Polo”, a nod to the 13th century traveler who introduced fine ceramics to Europe. Meindert had two sons Herman II (1935-) and Gijb (1937-), both of whom became potters. Herman II continues to work at his studio in Leiderdorp in the province of zuid Holland.