When Bernadette was a child, she used to play for hours in the
"mudbox" under the old magnolia.
However she started her professional career as a physiotherapist and then, in her thirties, she became very keen to work with clay and started to train as a ceramist at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leuven.
As an independant ceramist she divides her time between her own artistic work and the many courses for children and adults.
Selections & Awards
2020 International Glass & Ceramic Biennial - Belgium
2017 International Ceramic Biennial - Belgium
2016 Céramique 14 - Paris – France
2015 Klei in Beweging – Jubileum wedstrijd – Haarlem – Netherlands
2014 The 10 th International Ceramics Competition - Mino – Japan
2012 Biennale Internationale de Vallauris – France
2012 The IV postmodern Festival of Ceramics - Varazdin – Croatie
2011 International Triennal of Silicate arts – Kecskemet – Hungary
2011 7th International Biennal of Ceramics – Kapfenberg – Austria
2010 Mixed Media – Ceramics Plus – Westerwald – Germany
Beelden in Gees - Gees (Pays Bas)
Clays on wheel - Rijmenam
Clay expressions - Bierbeek
Salon Céramique 14 - Paris (France)
2014 Kunst in het dorp - Oud Heverlee
The 10th International Ceramics Competition Mino (Japan)
Clay expression: De Borre - Bierbeek
Kunst in het dorp - Oud Heverlee
2011 Keramiek Biennale of Kapfenberg - Varazdin (Croatie)
2009 Tourinnes-la-Grosse Fêtes de la Saint Martin
Bruxelles Ceramic Event
2008 Vrouwenkrachtdag - Provinciehuis - Leuven
Exposition des lauréats de l’académie des Beaux-Arts de Leuven
As for many ceramists I suppose, working with clay has over time become my anchor point and my source of calm. I build my pieces with the colombin technique, slowly ... each day a little higher.
The general shape appears pretty quickly, but I spend a lot of time finishing it, stretching the curves that intertwine, they move away and find each other again.
I never have a predefined plan when I start working, I just want to put the clay in motion, to make it dance. I choose to leave the clay bare, porous, vibrant...