Here you can read the second guest blog I wrote earlier for the Flow Magazine online.
Hello dear Flow blog readers,
The illustrations that I make for magazines tell a story. They are actually meant as a solution to a communication problem. You need to tell the reader what the text is about in a picture. Again and again I love puzzling my way to the best solution and to get the readers involved.
I started drawing and creating long ago simply because I enjoyed it. Once it becomes your work something changes. And that’s why I got to a place where I wanted to make something in a new way again. Something for myself that doesn’t have to be communicative or necessarily beautiful, and not ready at a specific time. A time for discovery without deadlines.
I am very glad that I started a ceramics course at the local ceramics center Keramiek Centrum Amsterdam. I started by making little hangers with faces, because I wanted to make something cheerful. Then I began making small pots, vases and cups.
Working with clay and slowly creating something is a wonderfully meditative thing for me. You are holding an object in your hands and for a few hours that is the only thing you are doing. It is a great way to calm down. Sometimes I work on one project for a few months. It has to dry a long time before it can go in the oven and it has to be fired several times. The moment one of your objects comes out of the oven is always a surprise.
I go to my class every Friday. It’s really fun. It’s nice to be making things with the other people in class, sometimes silently, sometimes accompanied by good or crazy conversations.
Here are a few urls showing my ceramics and those of others:
Pinterest.com/valescawaveren/ceramics (fantastic ceramic pins to gain inspiration from)
Keramiek-centrum.nl (there is a waiting list, but if you live near Amsterdam…?)
Do you also get so annoyed with all the different bottles and brands in your bathroom (shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)? I have a solution…