In my work I play with contrasts and try to balance them into an artistic unity. I make unique pieces, this is autonomous work and I make consumer goods. I sometimes use different techniques. I usually build unicas by hand using clay rolls or plates. I sculpt images. I turn utensils, such as tableware, piece by piece on an electric potterswheel; then I glaze them by hand. Despite the fact that I make the plates, bowls, cups, in series, each piece is unique, because each one is modeled by hand.
Each piece is handmade in my studio in Amsterdam. It's a slow process, slow design. Making something by hand from a piece of clay to an end product takes a lot of time. First knead the clay, then shape, dry, finish, fire, glaze and bake it again. It really takes weeks before something is completely finished. During the entire process, up to the moment after the last glaze firing, anything can happen. It remains exciting until the last moment when opening the kiln. When the work comes out unscathed and the glaze has melted nicely, "then I am very happy." I was trained as a ceramist. I successfully completed the 3-year course in Ceramic Techniques at the Dutch Ceramics Course in Gouda. To which I added two extra years: glaze research and hand shaping.
Working with clay continues to fascinate me. You never stop learning and you can keep pushing your limits. I especially like to experiment with different types of clay, invent new shapes. The development of my own glazes also fascinates me enormously.
All objects I create are unique pieces 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 tableware that is artistic because all parts differ slightly from each other. Here you recognize the hand of the maker.
With every purchase you have a thing of beauty and a joy forever.