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Maria ten Kortenaar

Maria ten Kortenaar Porcelain maker
Contact
English, Dutch
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+31 651994825
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A life expressed in porcelain

  • • Maria uses the Japanese Nerikomi technique
  • • Her works are based on her personal experiences
  • • Each one of her designs is a unique piece of art

Maria ten Kortenaar lives and works in Amsterdam. She first trained as a silversmith and goldsmith at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and worked with goldsmith and sculptor Jaap de Vries. However, in 1995 she decided to change medium, because she felt clay would offer her a wider colour spectrum. Since 2005 she has worked exclusively with porcelain. “I started making porcelain objects after a trip to China,” she says. “I was deeply impressed by the skyline of Hong Kong, so I decided to create my own Hong Kong in porcelain. It was a turning point in my career.” The colours in her porcelain objects are made with a special Japanese inlay technique, called Nerikomi, where colours are mixed into the porcelain clay.

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Works

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Awakening

Travelling through China, Maria walked up a mountain one morning to watch the sun rise. This inspired a series of pieces that recreate the colours of sunrise and sunset and mountain imagery.

Height 17 cm
Width 17 cm

Maria ten Kortenaar Porcelain maker
Photo: © Maria ten Kortenaar
Big Flowerbomb

While visiting Wakehurst, an English castle, one summer, Maria was captivated by the grounds of the estate. “The “explosion” of flowers inspired her to create her “Flowerbomb” series of inlaid porcelain pieces.

Height 21 cm
Diameter 19 cm

Maria ten Kortenaar Porcelain maker
Photo: © Maria ten Kortenaar
Crazy Lovestory

This piece tells a very private story about an impossible love, which Maria has translated into porcelain.

Height 17 cm
Diameter 16 cm

Maria ten Kortenaar Porcelain maker
Photo: © Maria ten Kortenaar
Flowerbomb

While visiting Wakehurst, an English castle, one summer, Maria was captivated by the grounds of the estate. “The “explosion” of flowers inspired her to create her “Flowerbomb” series of inlaid porcelain pieces.

Height 16 cm
Diameter 12 cm

Maria ten Kortenaar Porcelain maker
Photo: © Maria ten Kortenaar
Flowerbomb II

While visiting Wakehurst, an English castle, one summer, Maria was captivated by the grounds of the estate. “The “explosion” of flowers inspired her to create her “Flowerbomb” series of inlaid porcelain pieces.

Height 15 cm
Diameter 15 cm

Maria ten Kortenaar Porcelain maker

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