Mirjam Veldhuis is a ceramic artist living in the Netherlands. Before she went to art college in 1980 she spent a year as an apprentice in the pottery workshop of Freek Berends in Echten. Here she learned throwing, glazing, packing, and unpacking the kiln; all the stages of the ceramic process. While babysitting for her two daughters, she could use the studio and do so enthusiastically. In 1985 she graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen.
Mirjam’s work evolved from vessel-orientated objects to cut-up vessel forms to entirely handbuild freestanding sculptures. In 2000 she introduced glazes and colors other than that of the clay body in her work. At first, she used commercial glazes, but this was soon followed by glazes she found through her lab work. Her curiosity for glazes such as celadon and oxblood and new working methods, in general, led her to residencies in Japan, China, and Indonesia.
Veldhuis’ work is found in various public and private collections. She had numerous solo and group shows in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, France, and beyond. Since 2013 she is one of the faces behind Witte Olifanten (White Elephants), a small-scale venue for ceramic sculpture in the northern town of Stadskanaal, which takes place during the summer period.