By Esther van der Sluis
Historical context is often a source of inspiration for Esther. Like traditional weaving techniques from Peruvians or embroidery from Lapland. Beautiful applications of historical techniques. Incorporated into everyday objects, almost elevated to art. Especially in these times of mass production. Back to slow art..
For example traditional porcelain techniques from the Far East have been a source of inspiration. These have been interpreted in a contemporary way. For example her series ‘Delft Blue‘. Oxide blue pigment is applied by hand in a unconventional way.
Contrasts are typical for her work; fragility versus sturdyness, subtile shapes versus unpolished edges. Brilliance versus humble expressions. Another beautiful contrast can be seen in Esthers’ preference to work very thinly and delicately which often results in imperfections and deformations during the extreme temperatures during the stoke. By this the objects obtain a unique character although many never survive the stoke in the kiln.
Her work is often composed of multiple elements. State of the art techniques like 3d-printing are combined with conventional techniques like glazing and hand molding.
Her handwriting is also found in a consequent use of a specific colour scheme. Earthy and sober, recognizable in her own developed glazings like in the series Oxides, which makes her objects even more unique.