Interview with Wim Borst - New artist, May 2011

Interview with Dutch ceramic artist Wim Borst - New artist, May 2011

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: In what techniques do you usually work and what materials do you use?

Wim Borst: My ceramic work is built from clay slabs.
The clay which I am using it is a mixture of two stoneware bodies, Molochite and flax-fiber. I have developed this clay while working for European EKWC Work Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1998.

At gray/black objects a black body stain is added.
The open texture in the clay is obtained by adding organic material during the firing.


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What is your present project, what’s its history and how do you make the pieces?

Currently I am working on a new series of objects, tube / pipe structures (see photo), which will be exhibit during this year.

Technique:
I begin a series/theme with a few sketches on paper or small designs in clay.
Slabs leather-hard clay and cutted molded parts from a PVC / wood or plaster mold are mixed up together with clay slip.

Special attention is given to the finishing of leather-hard.

Once bisque fired, the object is wet smoothed with diamond pads and dried.

Glazing: parts of the object are sprayed with glaze or sinterengobe, the glaze fire in an electric oven 12600 C.

Where do you get your inspiration for your pieces and what motivates you to do a good job ?

I am inspired by the abstract geometric forms in sculptural art work and architecture.

The inspiration is based on a systematic approach to design and execution of similar artists such as, among others, Ad Dekkers (NL), Jan Schoonhoven (NL), the architects HPBerlage (NL) and JJPOud (NL), including artists belonging to ‘the Style’ (Dutch art movement (1917-1931).

The objects refer to functional forms, such as vases and bowls, but they are never the starting point. The autonomous objects show how triangles, squares, circles and ovals are split and merged.

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