Claire Verkoyen

Claire Verkoyen is participant at the exhibition Dream out Loud – Designing for tomorrow’s demands 26 Aug 2016 – 1 Jan 2017. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents Dream Out Loud, a group exhibition that explores one of today’s most relevant topics: social design. – See more at: http://stedelijk.nl/tentoonstellingen/dream-out-loud

Digital poetry and old crafts
Claire Verkoyen seeks to combine the ethereal beauty of wafer-thin porcelain vessels with visualizations in 3D of a futuristic world in which the natural and the artificial are playfully woven together.

In an imaginative and intuitive way she tries to evoke unknown realities, where nothing is recognizable or familiar.

The translucency and lightness of the eggshell porcelain, as well as the obvious craftsmanship of the artist, add to the strange attractiveness of these fragile beauties; an invitation to touch and hold them.
Anne Berk

On eggshell porcelain
The ultra-thin eggshell porcelain forms the ‘canvas’ for my depictions. I purchase the porcelain, which is traditionally manufactured in China, directly from small isolated workshops in the city of Jingdezhen.
To make a porcelain thin like this is a tremendous technical achievement, which has its roots deep in 16th century China. The identical but differently sized shapes, perfectly moulded deep bowls were, after high firing, decorated at a lower temperature with very detailed on glaze decorations, either hand painted or printed.
With these bowls the Chinese craftsmen balance on the edge of what is possible in porcelain. The production process is difficult to control, the risk on deformation being high.
The quality of the Chinese porcelain cannot be equalled outside of China, it is very translucent, white and strong. During the production process almost half of the pieces is thrown away, as the risk of deformations is big. This is why the price of the white ware is considerable.

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