Christiaan Johannes Lanooy (Chris) was born in St Annaland in the province of Zeeland in 1881. His father was a blacksmith and his mother ran a vegetable shop. At a young age, he showed promise as a painter and after the family moved to The Hague he started as a learner Rozenburg in September 1896, age 15. In the evenings he studied at the Royal Academy of Art under the famous architect PJH Cuypers. He left Rozenburg in October 1897 and went to Germany where he painted murals in Cologne and Berlin. He met Leen Muller in 1898 and got fascinated by ceramic making. Supposedly he learned to throw pots at PZH at night and worked as a decorator during the day. He moved to Amsterdam and worked for De Distel from 1903-1904, then to Purmerend where he worked at Brantjes in 1904 and for Haga in 1906-1907. Afterwards, he had success as a self-employed potter until he died in 1948.
Lanooy, Chris J
Worked at PZH from 1898 until probably 1902