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Roos Van de Velde

Roos Van de Velde Porcelain maker
Contact
Dutch, French, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+32 15711 661
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Finding her way in a strange world

  • • Roos' work expresses her fascination with nature
  • • She works with bone china, as well as paper, copper and bronze
  • • She creates personalised tableware for restaurants and chefs

Nature and light are the guiding spirits of Roos Van de Velde, whose fascination for ceramics developed in her childhood. “I felt happy in nature, surrounded by trees. I grew up in the Pajottenland clay fields opposite a brick factory. I made my first pots with this clay, baking them in an outside wood-fired oven that my mother used for baking bread.” She then enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, attracted by the magical light of the ceramic and sculpture studio. In the beginning she worked with stoneware, but with time her creations became thinner and thinner, so she started looking for a stronger clay. “I felt attracted by the white colour and transparency of bone china.”

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Aromacouture

Roos has always been fascinated by nature, finding within this endless source of inspiration countless examples of movement and variations of light, shadow and transparency. Like nature itself, Roos likes to merge all kinds of natural materials. The cups, made of transparent bone china, also feature leather and copper wire. The interior is glazed but the exterior, left unglazed, takes on a skin-like quality. The cups become living creatures with wrinkles, bearing traces of time.

Width 18 cm
Diameter 10 cm

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Blossoms

These thin, transparent, bone-china bowls and plates, shaped like blossoms, are part of a series comprising a range of different forms. Roos loves to create series like this, inspired by a particular gift of nature, which, as a source, is endless in its generosity. Each plate or bowl fits into a base plate that remains on the table during the meal. The fissure effects on the plates’ surface has been accentuated with black urushi lacquer using the Japanese kintsugi technique.

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Product Myxomyceten

Myxomycetes is a series inspired by and named after the organisms that can be found in every ecosystem but are only visible through a microscope. Roos was invited by the National Botanic Garden of Belgium to create an exhibition around this theme for the World Myxomycetes Congress. A hole in the base of this vessel lets light flow through it. The vessel is an ode to fragility, which is a theme close to Roos’ heart.

Width 8 cm
Height 8 cm

Roos Van de Velde Porcelain maker
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Product Myxomyceten

Roos was invited by the National Botanic Garden of Belgium to create an exhibition around the theme of myxomycetes for the World Myxomycetes Congress. These organisms are everywhere around us but are only visible through a microscope. This unique bowl is an ode to fragility, a beloved theme of Roos’ and a reference to the fragile moments in her life.

Width 14 cm
Height 7 cm

Roos Van de Velde Porcelain maker

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