Now for sale in my webshop a small part of the cargo from the wreck "The Perpetua".
The Perpetua was a relatively small English ship that hit the rocks in a storm and sank on May 22, 1851. Little is known about the Perpetua. It is not exactly known where and when it is built, almost certainly in England in about 1820. About its captain, Preston Diget is, beyond the fact that he survived the sinking, only known that he died penniless in Southampton in 1868. The wreck was discovered by fishermen around 1948. In 1956 the wreck was explored by divers led by my great-uncle, the underwater archaeologist Horatio Evol, in the Java Sea. Although the ship was probably used for the lucrative opium trade between India and China, it also had a special cargo of (at that time already antique) eccentric small bowls, jars, tiles, porcelain, pottery and dishes.
Recently, this extraordinary discovery came from the estate of my uncle in my possession.
Come look in my webshop and be the first to get unique and authentic objects of Perpetua!
The Perpetua cargo is made in remembrance of my imaginative great-uncle Horatio.
The name Perpetua was based on 'Perpetua Porseline' my goddess of blue and white porcelain (and Delftware) that I depicted on a 3,5 meters high vase that is now in the collection of museum 'De Prinsenhof' Delft, The Netherlands.
A look at my ever evolving studio. This is the view from February this year and from last week (top). The window on the left is gone now. But I get an extra roof light in the ceiling.
In the left corner there is a rabbit cage, they are staying at my studio for a few weeks.... Yes I know it is a little peculiar to have rabbits in your studio, but they are very inspirational.
This is where my studio is located:
Workshop 'Paint Your Own Ming vase'.
On Saturday, August 31 I offer a workshop 'Paint Your Own Ming vase at Het Prinsenhof museum. The afternoon begins with a brief tour of the history of Delftware and the exhibition The Blue Revolution. After that the real work begins.
During the workshop you will paint your own private Ming vase, in the traditional way.
The vase can't immediately be taken after the workshop. It will be glazed and fired for the second time. You receive the vase after a few weeks.
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Cost: € 40.00 pp (including coffee / tea, minus museum admission)
Location: Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft.
Reservations for this workshop via:
Phone: (015) 219 79 27
Reservations can be made up to August 28 2013.
The workshop is for professionals and amateurs!
This is what kept me busy (and sweating) the last few very hot weeks (very unusual hot weather for The Netherlands). Working on sketches for some highly secret projects involving the Jingdezhen International Ceramic fair and the Imperial Porcelain Museum in Jingdezhen, China.
A few weeks ago I met with professor Jiang Jian Xin director of the Imperial Porcelain Museum at the Blue Revolution exhibition at Het Prinsenhof museum in Delft.
Professor Jiang Jian Xin is an archaeologist and therefore we also visited the archeology department of Delft, looking for Chinese export porcelain from the 17th century (called Kraak porcelain).