JEMA pottery from Holland doesn’t mean a lot to most collectors in and out of Holland and very little has been this particular brand of pottery.Also I, having interest in Dutch 20th century pottery and having read a variety of books on Dutch pottery, had even never heard of it only until a few years ago on a trip to South Africa.They started a ceramic studio at the ' Heer aan de Demerstraat' in Maastricht.
There has been talk about a rescue plan for these moulds but I have no recent information what has happened to them.
Much of Jema’s work is engraved on the base with the words ' Jema Holland' and a mould number.
I will reserve a section in the galleries of the pottery Jema made for other factories.
The best clue is the back stamp which is usually engraved under the glaze.
On the 28th of June 1984 the company was declared insolvent and had to close its doors.
In 2007 according to the information of the 'vereniging Maastricht's aardewerk' ( club for earthenware from Maastricht) visited an also closed factory ‘’CHEMKAFA’’ in Magraten in the south of Dutch Limburg and to their surprise amongst many moulds found all the old Jema moulds: a plaster cast has been made of every figurine.
It can be stated that it was a real family business.
There is no information about how many people were employed but on management level in old registers family related members are mentioned in the course of many the years.
In August of 1958 a ' Hendrik Mager' became Co-Director.
On the 1st of April 1963 Jelis Mager retired followed by his brother Johan Willem on the 8th of April 1977.
In October 1977 the company got a new director by the name of Adolf Gustaaf Wiemer who apparently was a relative of Hendrik Mager.