1940 Wins the first prize in a competition organised by the Willink van Collen foundation, with the painting "de Magere Brug" ("the skinny bridge") ;

1939-1941 has a "loge" at his disposal at the Rijksacademie;

1941 Marries Ans Rurop, who moves into his studio at the Amstel, close to the "skinny bridge";

1942 Commission to create leaded windows for the townhall of Amstelveen;

1943 After the birth of their first daughter, housing gets too small: removal to Amersfoort;

1945 Removal to a farmhouse with a large studio in Schoorl;

1946 Contact with Piet Wiegman who stimulates him to make ceramics;

1948 Commission for a ceramic scene for the Fishing Union in IJmuiden;

1950 Working on decorations for the "Zuiderzee museum" ;

1953 Works as drawing teacher at several schools in Amsterdam;

1955 Gives courses "free expression" at the adult education college in Bergen;