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Let's Get Personal with Carola Zee

Monday, 15 August 2011 by Irene Hoofs


Let's Get Personal with Carola Zee 

D:: Dutch is ... Being free and being able to follow your dreams, to follow your passion and be the creator of your own life.

E:: entrance, when entering my home you will notice... My magazine rack. It used to be a mail gathering rack for an office. I found it abandoned at an old office building. It's a great system to display all my magazines. 


S:: style, means...  Creating your own style, your own way of doing things. To be unique and true to yourself.

I:: interesting places in my city, Rotterdam are... the place I love to go for inspiration is Depot Rotterdam. This lovely store has great ideas on interior design.  I am very honored  that they also sell my work. From my very first products till now. They are very supportive of young designers. 

Another place where you can find me frequently is the Urban Espresso Bar. For their great coffee and for being a place near my home where I can always meet friends. Planned or unplanned.


Carolazee_work  Studio1119 Work

G:: gardening is something I...  rarely do, I don't have a garden, but on my balcony I have pot's filled with herbs cause I love using them in my cooking.

But I do love flowers, I always have flowers in one of my vases to brighten up my home.

N:: new, in my home is... Moving back into it. This last year I have been traveling to Canada and also been to China twice.  I have been away a total of 9 months out of the 12.  Not leaving my apartment empty I had good friends taking care of it. Now, I will be moving back and it feels as if I am moving into a new place but with very familiar things. After living out of my suitcase for so long, I cannot wait to relax and enjoy being home again. 


H:: hobby, I always make time for... 

Making my ceramics, I love creating and therefore I always look forward to travel to my studio in China. Weeks filled with nothing else than creating and making. As soon as I finish all my work in the Netherlands and I have enough money for a plane ticket to China....I am off. I also have a lovely studio in the Netherlands. This is where I spend most of my time when I am home.

O:: outfit, my favorite thing to wear is... My Havaianas flip-flops, as soon as the weather in Holland let's me I will be wearing them.  I have them in many colors.  


M:: magazines I love to read are... Elle decoration, Frame, Items, VT wonen, Elle wonen, 101 woonideeen, so mostly all the home decor magazines.

E:: enjoy, I can't live without... The sun. I am very happy that I spend most springs and autumns in my studio in China. During that time the weather there is like our summers in The Netherlands. That way I create on long summer covering three seasons. 


...................Thank you Carola van Zee.............

Dutch native Carola Zee is a former graphic designer but followed her real passin... making ceramics. Of course the graphic background is very noticable in all her creations in either the form or decorations. Since 2007 Carola has been working together with craftsmen in Jingdezhen China. Famouse for it’s porcelain production for centuries. This is one of the reasons why she opened her own studio in China.

Next week on Monday I will give you a Tour of her amazing studio in China, see how Carola works here on her beautiful ceramic designs. 


Carola would love to sell her products in different parts of the world. If you are a wholesaler and interested in carrying some of her unique and special bowls, cups, vases or spoons than...

please drop her an email! 


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