Jolanda van de Grint
Jolanda van de Grint (Heerlen, 1961) graduated in 1984 from the handicraft teacher training, majoring in ceramics. Her graduation work consisted of small porcelain work. After years of other activities, she returned to ceramics in 2006 to never let go again. In 2015, she decided to specialize in saggar firing in an electric oven.She gives saggar firing master classes. Her book 'Saggarfiring in an electric oven' was published in August 2019 (ISBN / EAN: 978-90-9031885-1).In 2018, she was selected for an artist-in-residence in Paonia, Colorado in the United States based on her work.
"The beauty of imperfection".
I like the imperfection created by the passage of time: A peeling wall;a piece of rusted iron;rotten wood. It makes the vulnerability and impermanence of everything visible and the random patterns and colors that arise make an object unique, it gives a story. In Japan they call it wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is a philosophy and aesthetic that says that perfection does not exist and everything is temporary. The aesthetic is characterized by simple materials and dark colors. I want to bring that atmosphere back into my work. The shapes are never completely perfect and often deliberately broken and put back together. Other objects appear to be "affected" and vulnerable. I use saggar firing. I do have influence, but no control on the colors and patterns that arise. The special details and earthy colors fit well with the philosophy of wabi-sabi.