Can you ever get bored with ceramic bowls, vases, vessels? No! Likely, the oldest man-made ceramic objects were bowls to hold water or food.
Clay, shape, silhouette, texture, glaze, color, decoration. There are so many wonderful aspects to working in clay, even when limited by a circular throwing process. A vase needs a certain balance in all of these aspects, which is the hardest to define. A matter of taste, experience and a lot of practice and so comes forth a certain signature. You can find our signature in all of these series
Sgrafitto is when you scrape away a thin layer of applied clay, to reveal another color. Here the checkered pattern is quite deep and often the pattern starts to shift to 'acceleration'
I like to call these vases "the cheeses" because they resemble the shape of a wheel of cheese. They look great stacked but ofcourse they are all independant and different.
If you like a drip like we do then this series makes sense. Defying gravity with a very lush waxy glaze. Drippin' good!
These shapes remind us of big bulging berries, so they got that label. But they are all different because of clay and glaze. The shape is made by working the clay outwards with a knocking stick.
Based on the medieval german Bartmann- or Belarmine-jugs we created a modern version with glasses. Lost the handle and made it into a vase. Somehow when you put flowers in them, they look seriously funny, like having a floral wig.
We humans descend from them, I was told and that seems like a great idea. I got one of these fossile trilobites (called a gerastos granulosus) and it was the inspiration to this kind of vase. The 'skyline' made bij two colliding glazes makes a great, dramatic stage for these clay appliques.
So we're an artisan pottery studio in Amsterdam. We make ceramic things we love and share them with you. We do a lot of vases, bowls and pots. And if you want, just ask us to make one especially for you or your loved ones (dead or alive). Our work is sometimes dark and quirky, even wonky if you like. We don't care too much about traditional perfection.
We try to make usefull and beautiful stuff. If you don't put flowers or brushes or branches in our vases you can use them to hold a door or bang a nail in the wall. They are tough. Don't throw them at people. All our shapes and also our glazes are homebrewn. Made at our home and that's Mokum to us.
Really, what more do you need to know about us? Then drop us a note to share your thoughts, ask your question, put in an order or whatever you want from us.