Do you design the objects you make?
My graduation project was a series of tableware, which I carried out myself, since craft was an important part of the course. I kept making my own designs, this evolved into my own active workshop and making a living creating and selling porcelain tableware.
What fascinates you about the Dutch tradition?
In the Netherlands the Delft Blue is well-known, but especially around 1900 various ceramic manufacturers developed their own products, continuing into the 1950s and 60s. Most were linked to the earthenware-clay that we find here along the coast and rivers.
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Do you collaborate with other designers?
We create a lot of products for other designers, like Aldo Bakker, Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, Forma Fantasma and many others. Our atelier is somewhere in between an artist-workshop and a ceramic factory. Craft is making it possible to visualise ideas.
What is your idea of craftsmanship?
Craftsmanship is poetry. It means focus, eye for detail, personal expression in material and product. By making, ideas develop. Concepts grow through execution. I shape emotion, treatment and use. I shape context. By creating, a strong connection between maker, product and user arises.