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Monday's Quick Start with Isolde Venrooy

Isoldevenrooy... a new quick start for this week: the amazing work by Dutch graphic design Artist, Isolde Venrooy. She just finished a ceramic series of coffee cups called dot.kom.

I like the very much  but I was blown away by her Fine Arts... you too?


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Carly and I like...


Carly and I share the same love for 'illustrations on ceramics' ... enjoyed seeing these posts from her on her blog and hope one day soon I can try and do this too... have you ever tried ? And did it work out?


and via Carly likes I also discovered the wonderful illustrations on ceramics by Esther Coombes, aren't the Seed Markers not just great?

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I love Lenneke


Mister Right and his cups' are soooo high on my wish list!


Ceramics and styling by Lenneke Wispelwey from the Netherlands.

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A studio tour in China with Dutch ceramic artist Carola Zee


I hope you remember this Let's Get Personal Tour with Dutch ceramic artist Carola Zee. Carola makes all her ceramic products in her studio in China... yes that's right all the way in China! In the city of Jingdezhen Carola has found a great place in a former school building inside "The Sculpture Factory".


Carola told me that in Jingdezhen the main industry is in porcelain and ceramics. which gives her the ultimate possibility to work together with many skilled craftsmen to create new products and work on special projects.


I love these pics, makes me want to work with clay too. It must be such an amazing adventure to work as a Dutch person all the way to the other side of the world, learning not only true craftmanship but also the customs and traditions of a different culture. 

Studio5  Studio4  Studio1


I believe this experience give so much more personality to the beautiful designs by Carola Zee. You can find her collection right here

If you would like to sell Carola's ceramic pieces in your shop, online or brick and mortar than please send Carola an email.




All images are by Carola Zee

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Let's Get Personal with Carola Zee


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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Ceramics you will LOVE by Karen McPhail


I have to start this week with some amazing ceramics by Karen McPhail who had sent me an email telling me about her work. I absolutely love the contemporary style printed decals. The tile below with the bird calls my name! You can find Karen her website right here and some of her pieces are online available at papastour

Later today I will come back with a new Let's Get Personal Tour and I'm working on a small report about my visit to last weekend SaturdayInDesign in SIngapore!!


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