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dutch artist

Wim Borst

Wim Borst's profile on Ceramics Now Magazine - View his works

Read the interview with Wim Borst, New Artist - May 2011

Wim Borst became a professional ceramist at a rather advanced age. At the age of 31 he exhibited for the first time. As a self taught artist he took lessons in ceramics from Ru de Boer and Emmy van Deventer a.o.

His oeuvre and career are characterized by a great accuracy and a persistent mentality. His ceramics has its roots in the Dutch geometrical abstract tradition, although he uses the idiom in a non-academic, refreshing way. Within the boundaries of the self chosen restrictions of the geometric abstraction, he takes liberties with colors, materials and themes. His objects are (generally) made up of different parts.

Wim Borst is exhibiting regularly in the Netherlands and abroad. He is a member of the NVK (the Dutch Society of Ceramic artists) and of ‘de Vishal’, (a local society of artists in Haarlem, his native town).
He is part of a group of Dutch ceramists, CeramiCVision.nl who regularly join to discuss their profession; they are looking for opportunities to attract the attention of the public for their works and they are organizing exhibitions as a group.

His work is in private collections and in museum collections in the Netherlands and abroad, such as Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston USA, Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem, Museum Keramion in Frechen Germany, ‘Magnelli Museum’, the Ceramics Museum of Vallauris, France, Museum Het Princessehof in Leeuwarden, and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

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  • 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.


    Counterpoint Series 11 - View his works

    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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  • Wim Borst: Counterpoint Series #11

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