Weâ€™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:
â€œMy ceramic work was born because I had gotten completely stuck â€” 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 couldnâ€™t seem to draw anymore, and I thought, maybe with a trick I can get myself painting and drawing again,â€ she explains.
â€œI decided to try to take away the ambition of making something purely artisticÂ and instead focus on making something useful, like a cup or a plate. That lowered the pressure for me, and itâ€™s kept me going and painting â€” and playing, also. Then I found the joy again, the joy of the craft.â€
Images: Courtesy of Harriet Damave.