Wouter Dam’s work is based on a combination of traditional crafts and free sculptural ceramics. They are in a sense, deconstructed classical vase and bowl shapes, assembled out of pieces made on the potters wheel. Each piece is unique and shapes slowly evolve over time. The creation of the pieces is first based on intuition from the raw elements themselves and then influenced by previous works and natural forms such as aquatic creatures, plant seeds and floral buds.
‘Every new object is different, a subtle variation on a theme with the bright colours enhancing shapes and shadows. The sculptures are made in stoneware and are assembled from rings made on the potters wheel, whilst the colour is created used a high oxide engobe.’
Wouter Dam’s work is in collections internationally including the Museum of Fine Arts Housten, Texas, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Gifu, Japan, the V & A, Frans Hals Museum, the Netherlands and Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.