Ceramics

I’m a ceramist, working with hand-building and casting techniques. At the moment I’m focusing on Face Vases.

Two new Face Vases with new glazes. These ones are fired as Earthenware but the same glaze can be used as Stoneware which will make the vases waterproof.
My Face Vases
Mister Disaster Mayhem and my self-portrait Face Vase, including my prominent Jewish nose. I also had Max Tailleur in mind, who was a Jewish humour specialist, most famous for his ‘Sam en Moos’ jokes, which my dad still makes every day, and the “Geinlijn” which he launched in 1971. It was a telephone number you could call and pay 20 cents for a joke.
Red Freckle Vase Face is my one and only first Face Vase! Mister Absurdist ‘I’m so confused what’s going on’ Face Vase I made for Willum.
This one is just too cute, albeit a bit submissive-looking but it’s all good in the ceramics hood. The cup is amazing but fired at 1000 degrees Celsius so not really suited for liquids. That said, I discovered that this glaze can be fired up to 1200 degrees Celsius which would turn it into Stoneware and thus waterproof for liquids.com
Me and my first Face Vase 2019 at the old & wonderful studio on Overtoom.
This ^ is one of my cast cups. Using them everyday for coffee or tea. Best way to drink drinks I’d say 🙂

This is a self-portrait Face Vase. With prominent Jewish nose, of course.
Some of my Raku-fired pieces. Raku ware (楽焼raku-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. It is traditionally characterised by being hand-shaped rather than thrown, fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures, lead glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air. – source Wikipedia.
Me, myself and I
Freshly hot (~ 1000 degrees Celsius) out of the kiln, into the combustion box where the soot ‘steeps’ in the cracks. This is the stage where it has smoked out for some time, now ready to be cleaned , which is a super tedious but also satisfying last stage.
Cast porcelain. I used a Manganese wax crayon to draw lines on the bisque-fired porcelain. The lines will turn brown (due to the Manganese) when it’s in the kiln for the glaze-firing, resulting in slightly indented lines. These wax crayons based on hydrocarbons, pigments and glass formers.
More cast and drawn-on bisque fired porcelain, ready for the glaze firing.
End result of some of the porcelain. The blue lines are drawn on with an under-glaze pencil.
This mat-black glaze turns into a rust-colour when splattered on. The glaze underneath is white with 2% grey.
One of the first cast mugs
Raku (hand-built and coiled)
Always sign your pieces
Horse hair Raku. The non-glazed but bisque-fired ceramics are taken out of the kiln when it reached 1000 degrees Celsius. Taken out with a big metal tool, placed on a stone plate, melting horse hair on it. When it’s cooled down, you brush it off and have an bizarre and beautiful vessel. Note: human hair is too fine and will completely burn away upon touching the surface.