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Once Upon A Time

In the winter of 2005 Judith spend several months in working in China, after researching, connecting people and finding new contacts she got offered a work/living space to explore work and create a deeper knowledge about the ceramic material. Her work with the Royal Delft factory created the opportunity for a work period in ceramics capital of China, Jingdezhen.

The collection Once Upon A Time exists out of the following products Golden Hareheads, Golden Haregirls, Cup & Plate My Parade, Heart on the table

Once upon a time collection exhibited on various locations such as Frankfurt, London, Asperen, Utrecht, Tilburg, Shanghai.

The main focus in the three work months were on the two cities Shanghai and Jingdezhen, discovering, meeting and engaging with artists and designers, establish meaningful relationships and work hours in the studio with the ceramic material, exploring local craftwork and factories. Doing try-outs and demo’s with the workshops around the workplace.

The work made in China was created from a personal story based on an intense experience, in a place that was so different from my roots. Living the daily life in China in the first period in 2005 was like stepping in a roller coster and finding my balance again. More and more that the time went by Judith explored the zone outside my comfort zone the place I left to experiment with new materials, different perceptions and sharing ideas. The collection is based on this character figure watching the facades in China, understanding their perspective and creating the fairy-tale reality.

The Hare shapes are in origin a figurative self. By drawing every day and using these imagery in my work the hare became a more present figure. This creature is also a chinese symbolic figure used in many ways, from food to fortune it crossed every path I took. The focus was to cut into slice of the controversy side of life specially after doing the Dutch Disturbance series that were so focussed on positioning around your roots. This series started very figurative, made by Judith and with local craftsmen to experiment and draw out a new narrative around Once Upon A Time.

Driven by Judith’s curiosity for material and environment a very intense experience developed where she lived locally in a Chinese flat and taking part if the daily routine. She worked when they worked and ate when they ate. It was like stepping into a tale, a mind switch discovering new stories. A lot of time was spend working and talking with artists/designers and going trough neighborhoods. Sharing experience where great moments. Several nights Judith ended up talking with Chinese art friends till dawn about culture, art/design climates and passion for work. These nights opened new relations that she would work from in coming years and continue to work with the material and people to set up participations and create a deeper knowledge and possibilities for future.

This series have been made in a special edition, for sales please send us an inquiry.





A day capture of my writing blog for www.geledraak.nl 

‘Jingdezhen is overwhelming, a city between green hills with a true chinese character; No, I don’t mean the curled rooftops of romantic China, but the China people that live a rough life in cold winter hills of Jingdezhen. Today I cycled trough stormy weather to the glaze shops to buy new glaze for my ceramics tests. In this city they supply everything that has to to with ceramics, it is the capital of ancient chinese ceramics and still up and running for 1000′s of products every day.

The shops have everything from pottery colors to hip design or some local chinese man experimenting with weird colors. Like a true Chinese, I cycled back trough the rain to the studio, carrying a big heavy plastic bucket full with glaze. After the glazing I walked trough a jungle of high vases to the biggest kiln in Jingdezhen. It was very impressive, you could bake a house in this kiln. China is known for it’s impressive works in architecture, cities and now also proven, ceramics. It is a pity that these productions stay behind closed doors.

There is still so much to discover, specially the younger chinese generation who share a lot of exciting discussion with me but also feel the limited options because of rules and expectations of generations before them work period was just a start, to discover what is possible.’