zondag 30 april 2017

A Mountain of shards

So cool for an artist working with ceramics (like myself) to discover a field, somewhere between Den Haag, Delft and Zoetermeer, literally scattered with ceramic shards belonging to a Delftware pottery (or potteries) dating to the 17th and 18th century. Shards of saggers (a protective fireclay box enclosing ceramic ware while it is being fired), large ceramic kiln stilts (triangles to support plates while being fired), and many shards of biscuit fired (first firing without glaze) Delftware faience and Majolica. And ofcourse I found blue and white Delftware shards next to other ceramics like clay pipes, German stoneware and one Chinese porcelain export ware bottom piece with an unknown makers mark. Hope to find more soon. 

zaterdag 8 april 2017

Chaste turn (Kuisbeurt)

Oh, it's a dirty job but someones gotta do it (and a dangerous one too)… but we care a lot.
Marten Toonder Monument (Rotterdam 2002) chaste turn.
Yellow for gold, and gluing thin gold foil, with Florentine Haak at Zuliani in the village of Zoetermeer.

Never heard of the term "chaste turn" before, but it was the translation I got for the Dutch word "Kuisbeurt" (cleaning something). But actually it is not really a Dutch word but Belgian.