Painting and Music have been part of my life since I can remember. My family and my children are my priorities; however I have always found time for artistic activities.
I read French at the Groningen University and for years have been teaching both adults and children.
Gradually my interest in the Arts have developed and now that our children are grown up I am grateful to be intensively involved in Art.
Our family lived in France for 12 years and from 1982 to 1985 I attended Drawing and Painting classes in Marseille.
From 1985 to 1987 I painted with Jan Becht in Zeist . Thereafter I attended classes at the Gooise Academie in Laren and later in the printing workshop in Hilversum . Graphical techniques have helped me to progress in decorating ceramics. After 2003 I worked with Zhuang Hong Yi at the Vrije Academie in the Hague, practicing abstract composition with traditional brush painting techniques on rice paper.
Painting on a three dimensional object is quite a challenge. It is essentially the form that inspires me for a specific composition. My graphics should strengthen the shape in an interplay between form and pattern. Nature so often shows the way: perfect harmony of lines and colors.
It is captivating to work together with Diederik, each with our own domain. Diederik's focus is on clay, shapes and glazes, mine on painting. In the end one product emerges from the kiln.
Our work is complete only when an object is put to use, hence the notion of Functional Ceramics. We like the idea of our work traveling all over the world to enhance the daily life of our customers.