Maria ten Kortenaar

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Maria started out as a goldsmith after studying at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 1985, before starting to work with clay in 1995.  Now she works exclusively on porcelain.

For her, porcelain is a medium that allows her to express what she perceives, feels and experiences in everyday life. Through porcelain, she is able to translate the impressions that stick to her into her artworks. Happiness, sunsets, rainy days, landscapes that she observes in real life, all find their way to her artworks. The titles are links to her personal memories. She mixes colours through her porcelain and builds her objects piece by piece, which is why the patterns are visible inside as well as outside. This technique is called Nerikomi, or inlay technique.

There are two different layers in her work:

The visible layer: To emphasize the many colours in her works, she chooses to keep the form as simple as possible, the cylinder.  Her cylinders are built up from smaller fragments.  To draw in the attention of the viewer, she disturbs the pattern. This uneasiness catches the eye. There is harmony and there is disharmony created with a rhythm. 

The emotional layer: The colours and composition tell her story, the white porcelain serves as the white sheet of paper on which her story is written. It is her aim is to translate her inner life in such a way that it becomes visible to others.

The flower bombs were created after visiting the gardens of Wakehurst Place in Sussex and seeing the stunning explosion of flowers.

Her work has been exhibited extensively around the world and she has been selected for International Ceramic Biennales in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The colourful process behind Maria ten Korteenar's creation of the Flowerbomb ceramics series.