Tuesday, 31 January 2012 by Irene Hoofs
I was never very good at pottery and yet, I still took classes in high school and courses in it in college. I still remember my pottery professor exclaiming over and over to me, "put your weight into it!" I was too delicate with the clay. I decided I was over it after college, but seeing The Clay Studio makes me feel like giving it a try again. You can find my picks (above) here and here.
I thought I had seen a video on The Clay Studio on PBS a while back, so I looked for it and here it is. You can find my picks here and here.
..The Clay Studio..
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Oh boy am I enjoying my visit here in the Netherlands... one of my habits when being here is visiting all the second hand shops looking for vintage ceramics and else... my harvest so far: a beautiful breakfast set including coffee cups, plates and bowls by Ulla Procopé for ARABIA Finland, the Anemone Rosmarin pattern...
and more from ARABIA... two beautiful annual plates, 1978 and 1979 ... they make me super happy, such a nice little treasure!
... this lovely wall tile from 1967 by Edmond de Bellefroid for Mosa Maastricht and cute little candle holders from Bavaria Germany. Below a set of these beautiful red vases, yes they are from West Germany. and on the right a vintage handmade measurement.
I still find it amazing what people just give away... but I don't mind I am more than happy to give them a new home in Malaysia.
**All images by me, Irene from Bloesem.
Monday, 3 October 2011 by Irene Hoofs
... 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?
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 by Irene Hoofs
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?
Thursday, 15 September 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 by Irene Hoofs
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.
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.