We’ve featured the work of Harriet Damave on our older blog site but we feel her work is always worth a revisit. The Amsterdam-based artist is actually an illustrator very adept in water coloring. She has integrated that talent painting cobalt oxide on half baked porcelain and producing a line of Delftware jewelry, wall hangings, and ornaments. On the website Demilked.com she says this about her work:
“My ceramic work was born because I had gotten completely stuck — like I think everybody has at one stage in their creative career. I was illustrating for a living, mostly school books, and living in Spain; at one point I couldn’t seem to draw anymore, and I thought, maybe with a trick I can get myself painting and drawing again,” she explains.
“I decided to try to take away the ambition of making something purely artistic and instead focus on making something useful, like a cup or a plate. That lowered the pressure for me, and it’s kept me going and painting — and playing, also. Then I found the joy again, the joy of the craft.”
Images: Courtesy of Harriet Damave.