I'm happy and proud to have one of my pictures (where a beautiful girl lingers absorbed at my stand at Argillà 2008) on the homepage of Argillà 2010. I'm also happy and proud to be partecipating once more; in september this year.
Detail from a bowl created as an homage to the great ceramic history of the city of Deruta. A Peacock Feather motive on a Deruta bowl from the sixteenth century (inspired by Persian designs) is proposed as paper-like porcelain.
The exhibition "un Omaggio a Deruta" will be at the "Centro d’Arte e Cultura Torre Strozzi", an ancient medieval structure from the thirteenth century in Parlesca, small village near Perugia (Italy).
Margrieta Jeltema's Werke aus Porzellan führen das Material definitiv an seine Grenzen. Die Objekte entstehen in Anlehnung an Papiermodelle, von denen sie sie sich immer mehr entfernen um etwas ganz Eigenes zu werden. Sie können Schalen sein, aber auch Blüten oder eine hohle Hand. Formen verweben sich mit Bedeutungen und Assoziationen, die ganz individuell beim Betrachter entstehen - gleich nachdem das Erstaunen über die Zartheit von wahrer Entdeckerfreude abgelöst wird. So ausgebeult, zerknittert, ausgefranst leugnet sich das Porzellan. Es täuscht Flexibilität und Weichheit vor - erst wenn man es berührt verschwindet diese Illusion. Das Vexierspiel findet hier seinen Höhepunkt, poetisch und inpirierend.
As I often use stoneware to make the forms in wich I fire my larger porcelain bowls, that would slump otherwise, sometimes I like to transform it into forms that stand on their own...; like these three bowls. They have a paperlike pattern on the outside and a velvet light-turquoiseglaze within. h. 5 cm. - 17 cm.
Dreaming of spring..or just wanting to make pictures,
while everything outside is grey and misty and cold...?
I tried to capture the soft silken texture of the petals.. a soft shine I could wish as a porcelain glaze... Usually I put my pictures here or here, but it is nice to mix everything up sometimes
I'm always curious to see new results,
new possibilities; and then, sometimes unexpectedly, patterns emerge!
As there is now, since some time, also a site where my ceramic work is shown, this blog is quietly changing ; a place to post not only my ceramic works, but something more of my world; my inspirations and daily found poetry; like these images of the most exquisite little lanterns I found in my garden...
Without my kiln, for a while, finally I mounted some of the smaller pieces, that I keep 'collecting'; my trials and errors and my color- and form tests, these test pieces somehow manage to start a life of their own as jewelery pieces or sometimes as little animals. Maybe because I find it really difficult to throw anything away.. (one never knows if they could turn into something...) and because these small scale trials inspire and keep me going... If they turn out interesting, I try to find out other possibilities. The cushions brooches I have been making for a while, have three layers of thin porcelain, the bottom layers are closed, so in baking they 'rise' nicely!. (I just made an appletart for Sanne's birthday, so this phrase is in style..) and the third layer has holes for the 'pins' and pearls and the stitching.
"I promised you a rose garden" (detail) selected for L'Alcora 2009 (Spain)
"...I never promised you a rose garden, along with the sunshine, there's gotta be a little rain sometimes...", says the song.. But what if I dìd promise you a Rose Garden...?? Maybe with a little love and fantasy my fragile roses will be strong enough to create all on their own a beautiful garden with all the fragrances of spring and summer ... (and of autumn and winter too..!)
'picaflores' or hummingbirds or 'colibrì'; maybe the spanish name is the nicest: it shows them going inside a flower and drinking the nectar.. these 'picaflores' are made of porcelainwith forged silver as earrings, they fly near the almost-open-flower-necklace. I made them a while ago; between cups and bowls I play and try things out with small designs like these birds (that flew in my chilean garden) or like the more abstract ribbed 'bronze' shell, that is a part of the necklace.