Ellen Rijsdorp


keramiek

My ceramic objects are inspired by natural structures such as sand dunes, ice crystals, wood, rocks and leaves. These are structures that I find and see at home and whilst travelling. My objects have large increasingly convex surfaces, accentuated with small textured elements: highly structured and yet chaotic at the same time. The result is a balance between planning and chance, contained within a subtle framework that controls it. The balanced colors harmonize with the shape. Ellen Rijsdorp (1962) lives in Delft, a city with a rich tradition in ceramics, not just Delft Blue! She spent 22 years living with her family in the Kruithuis, formerly a gunpowder depot built in 1660. Recently she moved closer to the old town and her workshop moved to Bacinol2, a centre for artists and small innovative companies. A wheel-thrown shape provides the primary basis for my objects. After finishing ceramics school in Gouda (1985-1991) I began to develop my own personal shapes, textures and style. Development of style was not an essential element of my ceramics school education where it was more important to be able to produce specific shapes of good quality. However these technical skills have given me the opportunity to explore the limits of possibilities in clay. This has been my road to my language of shapes. A wheel-thrown shape provides the primary basis for my objects. After finishing ceramics school in Gouda (1985-1991) I began to develop my own personal shapes, textures and style. Development of style was not an essential element of my ceramics school education where it was more important to be able to produce specific shapes of good quality. However these technical skills have given me the opportunity to explore the limits of possibilities in clay. This has been my road to my language of shapes. After 12 years of intensive raku firing I developed serious health problems. This forced me to move to other firing techniques. After two years I decided to completely change direction. Ceasing to work with raku offered me new opportunities and I was free to make a new start! I started research to reproduce the random pattern of the raku work in my new work. This resulted in stone ware objects painted with engobes. Initially I applied this on the old raku shapes to avoid a sudden change. However, this was not in harmony with the decoration. The shapes evolved into spheres. The objects are made of double hauled spheres. The skin of the clay is painted with engobes (coloured clay). Turning the wheel, a pattern is made by applying a piece of metal. It ‘dances’ on the turning surface and leaves a pattern which has both a regular and random rhythm. Objects are glazed and fired at 1220 0C. The chaotic pattern is framed and ruled by a subtle edge. The interior can be finished with bright gold, making the object appear to shine. The other end of the objects can be decorated with gold lustre. The surfaces combine structure and coincidence. There is contrast between reflecting gold and mat structures.

Ellen Rijsdorp is te vinden op de volgende tijden en locaties.
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28 september
vanaf 11:00 uur tot 17:00 uur
29 september
vanaf 11:00 uur tot 17:00 uur