In my work I play with contrasts and try to balance them into an artistic unity. I make unique autonomous pieces as well as bespoke items for consumer use. Each piece is handmade in my studio in Amsterdam.
Designing something and then making it by hand from a piece of clay to the final product is a very slow, time-consuming process. It begins with kneading the clay. This is then shaped, dried, finished, fired, glazed and fired again. It really takes many weeks before something is completely finished.
During the entire process, up to the moment when the last glazed is applied, anything can happen. It remains exciting until the last moment when the kiln is opened. If the work comes out unscathed and the glaze has melted nicely, then I am very happy.
I was trained as a ceramist, successfully completing a 3-year course in Ceramic Techniques at the Dutch Ceramics Course in Gouda. I spent an additional two years doing research on glazing and hand-shaping.
Working with clay continues to fascinate me. You never stop learning and you can keep pushing your limits. I specially like to experiment with different types of clay, inventing new shapes. The development of my own glazes always gives me a thrill.
Every object I create is a unique piece of art. That is what makes the work so special. For example, if you buy a series of plates with accessories from me, you can show off a set of tableware that is artistic because all parts differ slightly from each other. Here you can recognize the hand of the maker.
With every purchase, you have a thing of beauty and a joy forever.