Carina Claassens

Kunstenaar Carina Claassens
Discipline(s) Beelden en Objecten, Digitale kunst, Keramiek, Schilderen
NABK lid sinds 2022
Plaats Haarlo
Website www.carinaclaassens.com

Profiel Carina Claassens is an artist who creates ceramic pieces that first and foremost aim to express the natural beauty and properties of clay. Her approach is intuitive and organic, allowing her hands to act as a conduit for the natural expression of each slab of beloved porcelain as it dictates its own metamorphosis from raw clay into the immaculate vessel. No two pieces are ever the same and are handcrafted in ceramic traditions that no machine can ever replicate. Her work is influenced by a range of artists and media, most notably the textile printmaker Mark Hearld and ceramicists at Artmore and Lauren Neuman. African, Native American and Chinese artforms also play a major influence in her craft. Her current work pays homage to her South African heritage through botanical imagery inspired by the flora of Southern Africa.

Carina was born in South Africa and grew up on a beautiful wildlife nature reserve. Blyderiver (Bourkes Luck Potholes). She majored in Fine & Applied Art, where ceramics was one of her majors at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, graduating in 2003.

She is currently based in The Netherlands, where she has been promoting South African visual and performing arts since 2006. Working as Curator/Artistic Director for festivals and films. In 2017 she started the popular Clay Café Nederland in Zaandam inside the Yada Yada Market located on the Hebrugterrein. In Sep 2019! The new studio on a farm in the Achterhoek opened up, where Carina teaches ceramics: www.claycafenederland.nl

"Claassens creates works rooted in bold memories of a southern African childhood which reflect a deep spiritual reverence for nature, subtly contrasted in the delicacy possible in ceramic. Her feminism is a theme manifested exquisitely in both her functional and purely aesthetic creations. They conjure whimsy and a playful sense of the magical in the eye and heart of the viewer who are drawn to respond physically to the tactile quality of these transformative pieces." - Felicity Simoes



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Corona (2020)
Carina Claassens
Keramiek, 25cm hoog

Gemaakt tijdens het eerste lockdown. I threw a piece on the wheel, my intent was to make something very different not at all to do with covid. But at one point listening to BBC World radio and all the news about covid I became so agitated that I started smashing the vase and started writing on the piece. To expel my own anxiety. The piece glazed and you can see the green from the coper oxide.


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Memory Cubes - Mozambique (2021)
Carina Claassens
Ceramics & Printmaking, 10x10x10cm

9 Cubes each one made by hand building it up with 6 slabs. Each piece is unique with a drawing or poem. Capturing memories and giving them a place. Each piece holds a secret only by braking it open will you find it. Each piece is handcrafted, sculptural pieces using different surfice decorating techniques. Dark brown earthenware clay Fired up to 1100'C Various glazes, oxides and underglazes used


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Memory Cubes - Can you Hear Me? (2021)
Carina Claassens
Keramiek met AI, 10x10x10cm

CeramicAR is an augmented reality (AR) application that brings to life the thoughts, memories and concerns held in the ceramic cube memory series created by Carina Claassens. Each unique piece comes with its own unique AR experience, which is an interactive, guided and reflective visual journey through the layered meaning behind each memory cube and the way these meanings intersect with our own realities. For each memory cube, one is able to have a visual AR experience that provides more context about the cube, and interact with it in a way that leads to not only a deeper understanding about the memory, concern or subject to address that the cube presents, but also a reflection on what roles one could play in a given system at large.


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Galaxy (2013)
Carina Claassens
Keramiek, 30cm

Handbuild, layers of slip. Decorated with underglaze.


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