As a Dutch yacht-builder’s daughter I grew up surrounded by beautiful curves and forms, and I learned early-on about the shapes that please the eye. Every yacht combines form and function to create beauty, speed and space, and I translate this in my ceramic forms with a constant strive for harmony, fluent movements and functionality.
When I first arrived in La Borne I felt straight at home, and since then I’ve done an internship and several wood firings, and ended up buying my own potter’s house and building my workshop and wood kiln. I organise workshops: woodfiring, glazing and throwing workshops.
I love the effects of flame on a piece, the spontaneity and interaction with my environment, which is the reason I fire with gas and wood, often throwing more than a pinch of salt in for good measure. I make utilitarian work, thrown and altered, and work for in the garden, sculpted and thrown. All my work is fired at stoneware temperatures, with self-developed glazes and slips. The wood fired pieces show more of the ‘bare’ clay, to emphasize the effects of ashes and salt.