About the artist - en Welcome to the International Art Exhibition Working theme 2022: Light, transparent, reflection, colour Friday 24th June - Sunday 25th Sep. 2022; Fri., Sat., Sun. & Public holidays 13:00 - 20:00
Ceramics with a Smile. A cheerful view of the world
Els and Tom Bleijenberg:
Els and Tom Bleijenberg present their humorous view on the 'world' in cheerful, hand-designed ceramics. Giving the birds a nice facial expression, the correct pose and subsequent colouring is always a challenge.
Every piece of work is unique, gets its own matching name and is signed by them.
After the animal figures of Els and Tom Bleijenberg have been dried, they are baked several times in an electric, computer-controlled power oven.
The first Biscuit or Bisque firing is carried out at 980°C. This makes the clay strong enough for the application of decorations and/or glazes.
It's followed by a second stoneware firing around 1245°C. It melts the glazes onto the clay.
Sometimes a third firing follows to add glazes or extra decorations.
Glaze and pigments:
Els and Tom Bleijenberg use (under)glazes and pigments (metal oxides) to give the creations the desired colour and appearance. They are applied with a brush, sponge or airbrush gun (in several layers). Sometimes Els and Tom Bleijenberg choose to leave parts uncoloured, in other words to preserve the original clay structure.
Finally, a clear glossy glaze is applied to the creation in a spray cabin. After drying, they are baked at 1245°C.