Life

My life revolves around four passions: language, art, travel and nature. Expressing myself in them is essential: by writing, photography and ceramics.

I also have many lives. Until mid 2002, I worked as a communications manager (PR, marketing, education) for various environmental organisations and local governments. In 1997, I decided (even more? again?) to follow my heart and set up my own workshop for making ceramic sculptures and objects.

In parallel, I devoted myself to writing. From 2000 to 2015 I've been associated with the Dutch ceramics magazine KLEI. At this magazine for amateur and professional, I worked as editorial chairman, editor and author of numerous articles, not only interviews but also technical articles. For this magazine I also organised workshops for readers and – in cooperation with ceramics centre Tiendschuur in Tegelen – themed exhibitions, combined with magazine specials and catalogues, such as contemporary ceramics in Denmark, Belgium and Mashiko/Japan. Moreover, I gave and give lectures about this subject.

Since early 2015 I work for the digital ceramics magazine de kleine K. In addition, I occasionally publish in the German / English ceramics magazine Neue Keramik / New Ceramics. I also regularly edit (technical) books in the field of ceramics and translate articles from English, German and French into Dutch.

My writing also extends outside the ceramics field; so I did commissions for local governments, NGO's, businesses, text agencies and individuals. And occasionally I write stories ... – for adults and children. I blog ...

As for my ceramic work I am self-taught. I attended numerous courses and workshops, such as anatomy, sculptural decoration, mold making, raku, smoke firing, majolica, porcelain, paper/perlite clay (e.g. by Netty Janssens, Patty Schilder, Jean-François Delorme, Matthias Ostermann, Ana Rosenzweig, Fritz Roßmann, Eva Koj, Barbro Åberg). And I made many voyages, including an artist-in-residency in Rufford, England, and several trips to Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, Spain, Japan and the US, for interviews and visits to ceramic regions, galleries and museums.

I make my ceramic works using different techniques and clays, like paper clay, smoke firing, porcelain. I am regularly present at ceramics markets in the Netherlands and in France. I recently had a solo exhibition at Theemaas, Rotterdam and I participated in a group exhibition at Beelden in Gees.

Photography is an old love. I used my photos initially mainly in support of my articles and stories, but over time more and more 'free' photos appeared. Capturing a particular mood in those is more important for me than technical perfection.

Artist statement

Both, in my sculptures and in my articles and stories, I try to capture the essence of what moves people, literally and figuratively. Moreover, I am drawn to the dark side of existence: life-ridden, tormented souls.

Also my other – non-sculptural – works show a dark touch. The smoke fired work exudes a desolate atmosphere. Beautifully serene. The beauty of impermanence.

My 'free' nature and landscape photographs exude a rather impressionistic atmosphere, sometimes heavier in tone, sometimes somewhat dreamy or light-hearted. Just as serene.