. . . FINGERPRINTS FOUND IN FIRED CLAY ARE PROOF OF THE PERSON KNOWING, LOVING AND MAKING
. . . MANIPULATING, FIRING THE HUMBLE MUD MAKES ME TOUCH THE DIVINE
. . . IT IS PROOF OF LIFE, LOVE, KNOWING
. . . MY WILL TO MAKE
SERIOUS CERAMICS AND
Welcome to Works, the site celebrating an individual and intense commitment to ceramics
THE JOURNEY IS MORE INVIGORATING THAN ARRIVING AND WORK SHOULD BE A JOURNEY
32 years shuffled
a video-impression of the work I did in my professional life up to 2012.
I hope you enjoy!
3:30 minutes. Fast and sweet.
In a few months I hope to find the time to update this little movie and add a few of the newer pieces.
A few words on
my art and love for porcelain.
The early days
Soon, however, I found that industry was better suited for 'pooring out quantity', rather than me. In my studio I from then onwards focussed on unique pieces, using industrial techniques.
I craved to be in that tradition, for me there is no material more exciting to work with… So, the moment I left artschool, I wanted to explore the translucency above all and I developed exciting new ways of making the thinnest porcelains in layers.
Reconstructions of the Remains of the Holy Grail
Of the 109 Reconstructions I made, only some 60 survived the fire or my scrutiny. These works were fired up to seven times to obtain the complex glazes and each time they ran a risk of cracking in the kiln. The remaining ones I am well proud of as they are so bloody complex, both of meaning and techniques, it is a miracle for so many to have survived. Their insides covered in 22 Ct gold or platinum lustre, these objects echo so many stories I still cannot even begin to explain...
15 claims - the Art of Climate Change
High-fired ice that may never melt, surrounded by a floating glaze, suggesting the rising sea... These are no icebergs and yet it shouts: iceberg...
The Runghold Traces
Science and art alike, the ever-pulsating energy to want to know, understand and master, is what makes us an amazing species indeed
The Full Circle
Uncertain as I was, my restless mind always won. Never follow, curiosity is key, never repeat yourself and never work up to expectations. Art is free. It has to be free. Always.
Impressions filter down, mix with experiences, take years to surface
so we can drink from the well of memory
IT ALL STARTED IN YIXING, CHINA
Teapots & Tpots, an ongoing story.
Not only is Yixing generally seen as the 'birthplace' of the teapot, for me it is the place where I learned to appreciate the little wonders of style and functionality.
The 1996 "First Annual Yixing Symposium for Western Potters" invited 19 potters/ceramists from the USA, Australia and Europe. I was one of only 3 from Europe.
In the year leading up tp the event I had imagined a small variety of possible and impossible Tpots, using CAD/CAM (1995!) and the pictures of these renderings were printed in Purple Sands Magazine, prior to the happening.
Together with 4 masters we made 4 stunning teapots. This was the first time eastern pre-industrial craft traditions came eye to eye with western exploratory vistas of the information age.
FUCKING UP THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM (FUFS), 15 CLAIMS, LANDSCAPES, TRACES AND THE FULL CIRCLE
The sculptural Works
From 2011 up to today.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, CAD/CAM AND A NEVER ENDING CURIOSITY
Objects produced at Rosenthal, Germany and at Flora, the Netherlands
The vase-series I made there, made me a free lance designer for the next 5 years. During this period several designs (a plate, vases and bowls, as well as two designs for glass) were taken into production, a great honor/opportunity for a young ceramist. “Designing for industry is like painting with a huge brush, your ideas pass you by in their thousands on a trolley… That is brilliant!
But I find no fun in making multiples in my own studio. It takes a lot of energy at the expense of creativity. My preference is to make unique pieces. I can pour my story and all of my emotions in those pieces. It then also takes only one person who is able to read my piece, it takes only one to understand.
vase for roses
in production from 1987 to 1991
Quadratur and Folio
vase series on triangle foot
in production from 1987 to 1991