Participant on the group-exhibition Come to the Table! from 27 Nov. - 31 Dec. 2021 at Terra Delft Gallery.
"Before I start making, I first prepare the porcelain. By kneading ceramic pigments through the porcelain, I make colored porcelain in all kinds of shades. Porcelain is naturally pure white and that is a very good base for beautiful, bright colors. To make any piece of work, I roll out a lump of colored porcelain into a flat slab. On top of this slab I lay a decoration of thin slices of porcelain in different colors. This way I make a kind of collage of geometric patterns, stylized floral motifs, more abstract shapes or combinations thereof. When the collage is to my liking, I roll it into the slab and sponge it off. Collage and slab thus become one whole.
After the first bisque-firing at a low temperature (1000 ° C), I polish it with a very fine scouring pad and water, until all colors have appeared clean and clear and the skin is completely smooth. Eventually, each piece is fired again at 1240 °C. During this final firing, the work shrinks almost 15% and sometimes may distort slightly, causing for example bowls to be not as perfectly round and flattened as those produced in a factory. This suits the process, the material and the firing temperature. In addition, it contributes in a beautiful way to the appearance of uniquely handmade porcelain tableware."