Sunday, 23 January 2011

Maker of the Week - Maria de Haan / Noa Ceramics

Maria De Haan makes functional tableware with Eastern influences.

One favourite living craft maker
I really respect the work of Akiko Hirai, simple forms but very organic and earthy. I am not really into over complicated or highly decorated work, as in my own work I like ceramics to have a calming effect on its audience, for me less is definitely more.

What was the last art/craft/design thing you purchased?
I bought an Antique cabinet from Afghanistan about 7 years from a friends furniture shop in London. I love it. It is incredible it has two carved wooden swing doors that open outward with three very simple wooden planks of wood. Its very rustic and absolutely gorgeous. Its lives in my kitchen but I use it for exhibitions sometimes to display my work.

At age 18 who influenced your style? Was there any individual who very much helped you on your way?
Aged 18!? Well trying to think back,... possibly my Mum, she is Spanish and had a bit of a bohemian chic thing going on.

What’s currently on your i-pod, cd player, tape recorder?
Bombay Bicycle Club, and Ray Lamontagne.

Where and what is your studio?
NW10 Studios, Near Kensal rise in North West London. The area is not that pretty, train spotters would love my studio! the view is industrial, but my studio is on the 2nd floor and the natural light is amazing. There are a real mix of people in the building from painters, furniture restorers and music producers and other ceramicists, they all have studios there. We all work with our doors open so its a very friendly and creative place.

What is your favourite (art) website?
I don't have one, but I get regular updates from the Craft Council in London.

Surprising activity/hobby?
I am into antiques, something with a history or a story behind it. I also like to play chess.

Do you have a good work/life balance? Are you able to switch off from art work?
NO if I have a deadline on then my life gets put on hold!!! Ceramics always take longer than you think, so you can never make plans for an evening as you will always have to cancel.

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?

Do you think art and craft has any real importance?
Yes most definitely, if we didn't have art and couldn't express ourselves creatively the world would be a very grey and soulless place.

What do think are crimes against good taste & decency in art/craft/design?
Not really, each to their own, although I do have a strong aversion to plastic as a material !


blue sky butterfly studio said...

I love Maria's style her ceramics are beautiful, she is clearly very talented.

LouBee Crafts said...

Stunning work!