maandag 29 maart 2010

A message from the Far East!

foto Adriaan Rees

Today we received an email of Adriaan Rees with pictures! In the message he told us that our work for the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' finally is developed by Li A Yi, a really nice lady that we met last year in October. All our work is still producing and will be glazed this few months in Jingdezhen, China.
At the picture you see two of my 'laced up vases', at the background you see work of my friends: Dorian, she made the braiding and Borre made the peanuts.

To be continued!

donderdag 25 maart 2010


1) glazing our bisque pieces

Today we (students Ceramics and Glass) went to the atelier of Rudie Delanghe. Rudie is specialised in throwing pots and also controlling the "cracks" in the glaze.

2)  This is a gas fired kiln.
This kiln is used when you require a reduction environment as in raku firing.

All of us could fire three pieces made by ourselfs. I fired two vases and one bowl.We learned that we did Raku on a western way, different from the Japanese.
3) Old barrel filled with sawdust.

The pieces are removed from the hot kiln and placed in masses of sawdust to provide a reducing atmosphere for the glaze. The sawdust will fire. We used specially formulated glaze recipe that "crackle" or craze (present a cracked appearance), because the crazing lines take on a dark color from the carbon.
The glaze firing times for raku ware are short, we waited maybe just 1 hour to get the temperature of 1060 degrees.

4) One of my Raku pieces, a small vase.

vrijdag 19 maart 2010

Le grand hornu/ Le fabuleux destin du quotidien

Today I went to the Musée des Arts Contemporains (MAC) in Belgium. It has opened its first joint exhibition with the Grand-Hornu site.
The title of the exhibition Le Fabuleux Destin du Quotidien translates to The Fabulous Destiny of the Quotidian. Curated by Veerie Wenes and François Foulon, the exhibition focuses on the connection and division between artists and designers. I really was impressed by the building. The presentation of the objects, sculptures and products was sometimes a bit disturbed, because of strange cutted white multiplex squares.

More info:

dinsdag 16 maart 2010

Open Atelier-day on Saterday the 20th of March

This saterday the ateliers are open from 11.00 till 17.00 o'clock. You're welcome!
I am working as well during the open atelier-day. Hope to see you!

Zwartezustersstraat 34
Gent, Belgium 9000

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maandag 15 maart 2010

Tearbottle by Aniek and Graça

In February my friend Graça Brohm and I went to the ceramic factory, Royal Delft Pottery. We saw a beautiful Delftblue tearbottle . With an even greater meaning:

It is said, that the little bottle owes its name and form to those far away days when sailormen were very often absent for a very long period of time and when saying goodbye, the women left behind wept bitterly. Due to the lack of photography or any other means of communication, it is explicable that people still wanted a souvenir from home and thus the little tearbottle was created. The bottleneck was placed in the corner of the eye and in this way the tears could be captured. A precious little token was carried on far away voyages. If someone should be moved to tears, in this way one can express that person a real proof of ones sympathy.

Illustrator Graça was inspired by this beautiful story and made two designs as decoration for the tearbottle. Aniek then made a silkcreen of the drawings to print the glaze on a transfer. After that she created serveral forms on the potters wheel, as prototypes. We do have to decide which one we like best for the final mould. At the picture you see the first prototype.

woensdag 10 maart 2010

Making tiles

Yesterday I enjoyed making these tiles. I painted it with engobe. Engobe is a clay slip which is colored with metal oxides or stains, used for coating the surface either before or after bisque firing. I am curious how it looks like after the firing.