I’m Calder from Calder’s Ceramics, I’m a sixteen years old potter from the Netherlands. I’m still at high school, so I have to go to school and I have to do quite a lot of homework. But when I have spare time, I work in my own studio in the garden. I started making ceramics more than two years ago. I love throwing on a potter’s wheel, and I handbuild occasionally.
I love to make mugs because of all the different shapes and decoration options. I have an Instagram account @calders_ceramics where I show progress videos and pictures. I do sell from my studio and online on Etsy.
How did you come to pottery?
I started pottery after seeing the Great British pottery throw down. I loved this show and it inspired me to buy a simple wheel and some clay. I started practicing (a lot) in our kitchen. I learned from Youtube and some books. I got so much work and materials that my dad and I made my own studio.
What do you produce?
I make vibrant and fun functional pottery, like mugs, cups, bowls and vases. I love trying different glazing techniques and sgraffito.
Why do you buy ceramic bodies (Keramische Massen) from Goerg & Schneider?
My favorite clay body is G&S 254. It’s soft enough for throwing and strong enough to keep its shape. It’s a versatile clay body that I can use for throwing and handbuilding, I even used it without any problem for Raku. It’s also a very affordable clay body, and that’s very nice for my student budget.
Where do you get your ideas from? How is a new design created?
I get my ideas from nature. I’m inspired by natural shapes and movements. I love working with geometric patterns as well.
I start my work with a vague idea of what I want to create, and during the process I see what works the best with the material and the shape. I don’t sketch, but I have a 3d image in my head. I love to experiment and find new ways to glaze, decorate and shape. I love it when an idea comes together.
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