The utilitarian use of ceramics was the starting point in the 1984 when I switched from modelling and bronze-casting to ceramics. The appreciation of craftsmanship also strongly influenced the move to ceramics.
Learning ceramic techniques started with some private throwing lessons in a small family business. Lidded pots and flower-vases were the main starting point. Handles from pots and vases were used as decorative elements. Some times baroque and not practical. Permanent closed pots with rope like materials were made. Dried flowers were used outside the vases and pots.
The original wrapping and packing materials were used, but the utilitarian function dominated mostly. I like the contrast between materials.
After the first visit to Japan in 1987 decorative elements were introduced. From 1990 on, slab-build plates are made. Nearly always practical but the surface is more important for its decorative possibilities. Glazes are reduced to dry ash-glazes and coloured glazes only for small geometrical forms with are contrasting with the geometrical form of the plate.
Decorative motifs are borrowed from pre-historical cave-drawings, kanji, family-crests and so on.
Later I started with making interpretations of altarpieces. Using the knowledge of traditional Dutch and Flemish "retabels" and the buddhistic home-altars from Asia.
A meeting from two cultures with aesthetic, philosophical and religious aspects.