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November 25, 2019

Rain Enhanced Colours…

During one of my “Parels” (Pearls) weekend events, and following on from yesterday’s post, I found more than “monsters” in the garden. There was an assortment of various ceramic pieces, and the light but persistent rain actually only enhanced their colours.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I really like this next piece, what a pity I don’t have a suitable inside or outside space to put it in, otherwise I might well have been making serious enquiries about the price.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 24, 2019

Monsters In The Garden…

On this “Parels” (Pearls) day I was warned about the “monsters in the garden”.  In fact they are not so scary after all…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 23, 2019

Making Colours Pop…

Following on from yesterdays post, I am visiting one of the exhibitors from the “Parels” (Pearls) events in the Hague. The colours in these pieces are beautiful, the falling rain actually enhanced them rather than distracted, and make the colours pop.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 31, 2019

Ceramic Beauty…

Following on from yesterday’s post, the “Parels” (Pearls) events around the Hague display a large variety of artistic talent.  Ceramic art is interesting because taking a simple ingredient like clay can produce a multitude of beautiful results.  Here are just a few…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’ve edited out Hanneke’s personal details for reasons of Internet privacy, and to stop Phishing etc, If anyone is seriously interested in buying an item from Hanneke, I can connect you both in order to make it happen.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 30, 2019

A Sample Of Little Monsters…

The “Parels” (Pearls) events in the various neighbourhoods display a wealth of creative talent. This ceramic artist makes not only vases, bowls, dishes and the like but also whimsical experiments like these little “monsters”. Actually, one of the means of the word “monster” in Dutch means “Sample“, so in a sort of way this works too! These are samples of imaginative ways to meld clay, adding nails and being intrigued by the results…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 29, 2019

Ceramics And …Going To Lick The Windows!

The Hague’s “Parels” (Pearls) events cover multiple neighbourhoods on different weekends, and display creative talent in each. A few weeks ago I went to another one and in one home, four different people had their various hobbies and artistic pieces on show. This one was all about ceramics, something I know very little about. I tried once long ago to use a potters wheel, sadly my efforts to make a pot that was (a) round, or symmetrical in any form, or (b) would stand up, were for naught.  It’s harder than it looks and takes a good amount of practice to make something like a tall vase. 

My efforts may have been laughable but these pieces are beautiful… I tried my best to get a close up of the shell form decorating the inside of the first bowl, to be honest the photograph doesn’t do it justice. I like the one with the green glaze. but we are downsizing and clearing out at the moment as the house gets a makeover /renovation , and with a ton of household stuff already stacked high in boxes as we emptied rooms and Himself paints, he would have a fit if I bought stuff home at the moment. Still, at least as one of my favourite French saying goes I can: “faire du lèche vitrine” (going to lick the windows!). It’s a wonderful way of conveying the drooling after something that you shouldn’t or can’t reach… brilliant!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 28, 2019

My Kind Of Colour Scheme…

The Hague has a series of events called “Parels” (Pearls) where many neighbourhoods have one weekend a year where artists, collectors and creative people open their homes for the Saturday, Sunday (or both) and the public can come and enjoy their creative talent. Churches and various other organisations also take part, as do musicians, but the list of places to see always far exceeds my capacity to visit them all. Therefore I pick out a few and hope that some of the ones I miss will exhibit during the “Parels” weekend the following year.

On this occasion a few weekends ago in 2019, several artists have chosen to display their creative wares in one home. (Excellent idea!) So far I have enjoyed seeing papier-mâché and weaving, now it’s the turn of the ceramic artist. These vases have beautiful tones of blue and in the second one, blue combined with a sort of earthy rust. My kind of colour scheme, my kind of style. Beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 12, 2019

Creepy Or Charming? You Decide…

My next find at the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 were these (I think they were cast concrete) faces. They remind me a little bit of Shrek, but somehow, for me at least, there is not quite enough charm and whimsy in the expression to avoid them just being creepy. They were too big to use as doorstops (unless you had a barn door that needed propping open, and as a garden ornament I am not sure what you would do with it.  I live in a big city and don’t have a garden but if I did I’m not sure if knowing that Shrek’s cousin was grinning in the moonlight near the potting shed would fill me with confidence or unease.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 11, 2019

Would You Keep A Cow In The Back Garden?

There seems to be a current trend for painting on stone (or concrete). Sometimes these take the form of small decorative pebbles and stones, other times they are intended to be hyper realistic images of other things. The popular theme of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition appeared to be cats, but sheep, cows, birds and even a bear (who I think doubles as a post-box) is included. Some are more realistic than others (intended to be or not) and whilst I like, for instance the black crows and black and white cats for their realism, I can’t think of where I could possibly put them, or how I would want them at home.  But full sized sheep and cows? That would make for an “interesting” garden (if I had one).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 9, 2019

When Not Washing Up The Pots Is A Good Thing…

Visiting the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition 2017, I found a selection of decorative pots, jars, bottles and the like to photograph and include in my artistic reference and inspiration files. Age, dust, chips and dents are all part of the charm of these pieces and so doing the washing up, cleaning or repairing them would certainly be detrimental in these instances. Cleaning up would be wiping away the character that comes with dusty bottles and lamps so I’m delighted to see that these have been presented in their “as is” state.

I also love that these are all a break from the endless stream of plastic goods, since most of them were made before the “plastic explosion” took place. I hope that we can be inspired to return to more products that use less plastic for the sake of our planet, these were made to last and we need to return to that ideology more too. If only that could be managed despite the constant battle of companies to incite the people of the world towards rampant consumerism.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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