Bowls 2011, Group exhibition
an international group exhibition with bowls by:
Jussi Ojala, Philippe Dubuc, Kris Campo, Duncan Ross, Mieke Everaet, Ann van Hoey, Guy van Leemput and Evelyn van Baarda.
His objects display the beauty of both the traditional pot form and the eloquence of the interplay of lines on the surface. He uses the terra sigillata technique instead of glazing. By experimenting with various layers of slips, he has succeeded in giving the pots an intense orange colour which suggests enormous depth. The decoration in the form of complicated patterns of black lines gives a sense of rhythm around the pot. This rhythm adds an extra dimension to the objects, and has been disengaged from the interplay of lines.
In general, her work has two directions.It began with the female figures.They developed into such an abstract shape that only a curved leaf was left.Two of these leaves stuck together gave a boat shaped bowl, which inspired her to new forms of decoration.By opening up the walls, the light through the filigree gives an ethereal effect.Her baroque ladies are also richly decorated; yet they look as light as a feather.Each new piece is entirely intuitive, despite the labour intensive working process.
From an early age, she was intrigued by bowls, the shape which protects, collect and stores content.The bowl is one of the oldest and most evident utensils.Her bowls refer only to that user function.Impassioned by the material, her work constantly searches for cohesion of shapes, structure, light and colour.The bowl shapes are made up of ribbons of kaolin clay.Rhythmic repetitions and growth patterns are clearly recognisable in the light-permeable designs.The bowls are strong, yet they balance on a small and inconspicuous foot, and so appear to float, giving them a sense of mysticism.
A strong sense of ratio and colour, and great expertise (see for example the perfectly fitting lids) can be recognised in his vases, dishes and lidded boxes.He shapes them both on the potter's wheel and from sheets of clay.The surface of the objects is the canvas for his true love:painting.He applies thin glazes, personally developed and based on the Japanese ceramic tradition, using enormous brushes, layer after layer.The result is a deep and warm colour with many nuances, brought to life by the repetition of the geometric patterns.