Since Royal Tichelaar made porcelain buttons for orson + bodil and a hand painted cap for his perfume, Alexander van Slobbe and Tichelaar are well acquainted and discovered a common vision. Both value dedicated hand work, quality materials and the importance of history highly. The project 'Pearls of Makkum' comprises a series enlarged porcelain 'pearls', made with different glazings and decorations. Alexander van Slobbe was originally a fashion designer and from that position he has developed a unique partnership with Tichelaar Makkum. Alexander talks in this interview about porcelain buttons, a cap for a perfume bottle and Makkum painting techniques. He considers the cooperation with Tichelaar as an excellent one.