Barbara Jans Ceramics - Planters & Vases and Tableware
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Barbara Jans Ceramics

Barbara Jans Ceramics

Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Exclusive handmade tableware & one of a kind"
In my work I play with contrasts and I try to balance these into an artistic unity.

I make unique items, this is autonomous work and I make consumer goods. I always use different techniques. I usually build unique pieces by hand by means of clay rolls or plates. I sculpt images. I turn consumables, such as table service, one by one onto an electric turntable; then I glaze them by hand. Although I make the plates, bowls, cups, in series, each piece is unique, because each copy is modeled by hand.

Every piece is handmade in my studio in Amsterdam. It is a slow process, slow design. Making something from a piece of clay by hand to an end product takes a lot of time. First knead clay, then shape, dry, finish, bake, glaze and bake again. It takes weeks before something is completely finished. Anything can happen during the entire process up to the moment after the last glaze firing. It remains exciting until the last moment, the moment you open the oven. If the work comes out unscathed and the glaze has melted nicely, "then I am very happy."

I was trained as a ceramist. I successfully completed the 3-year course in Ceramic Techniques at the Dutch Ceramic Course in Gouda. To which I added two extra grades: the glaze research specializations and hand shapes.

Working with clay continues to fascinate me. You never stop learning and you can push your limits time and time again. I especially like to experiment with different types of clay, to come up with new forms. The development of my own glazes fascinates me enormously.
All objects that I create are unique pieces of art. That is what makes the work so special. For example, if you buy a series of plates with accessories from me, you can show off a service that is artistic because all parts are slightly different from each other. In this you recognize the maker's hand.
With every purchase you have a thing of beauty and a joy for ever.

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