Handmade ceramics designed to touch and to use.
My name is Jeannine Vrins. I was born in the Netherlands 40 years ago and now live in Belgium, in the pittoresque town of Lier. Twenty years ago, I came to Belgium to study Industrial Design, and later Ceramics at the Art Academy of Antwerp. I stayed in Belgium as I fell in love with the more Southern way of living, the surrealism of this three-languaged country, the delicious food, and (most importantly!) with a guy called Raf who is my husband now!
Our studio is called Atelier Oker. We are both very different designers, but very inspirational for each other. Raf designs toys and logic games. I am a ceramic designer maker. I love to make things myself, but I also like others to manufacture my work. We have two boys who love to play with clay and to test all the new toys.
I teach at an art academy, where I can share my passion for clay and form. I teach technical skills and creative thinking. I love to give student's another viewpoint, to inspire them and see what they can create themselves.
As most designer makers I love to read and browse through art books, love visiting museums, and you can always find me in the museum bookshop afterwards. In the summer I like to travel with my family, enjoying nature and culture, hanging around and sleeping in a tent. And then it’s so refreshing to come home and start creating again.
I am inspired by natural lines and forms: the shapes of the human body, trees, sea weed or flowers… I see beautiful shapes everywhere.
I am also captivated by art history especially the ancient Greeks or the Art Nouveau movement at the beginning of the 20th century.
The way my two young boys are full of wonderment and their way of looking at the world also inspires me. They constantly question everything - “why”, “how” and “when”. It keeps me alert and so I discovered that even the bones of dinosaurs are very inspirational!
As a child I always wanted to touch everything, I am very tactile. I love the contact between my skin and any material. I like to to touch clay as it feels so soft and gives an impression of my skin. I love making ceramics as the user can feel my skin through touching the object: it feels like my hand is touching you. Hand made objects are always reciprocal.
And I believe all hand made objects carry that symbolism: being touched by the feeling of handmade objects.
I was very young when I realised it was essential for me to make things to live. Making things is my way to chanel all the impressions I get during the day. In the 2nd year at Design School we visited Piet Stockmans's studio (link www.pietstockmans.com), who was one of our teachers. He is ceramist and maker, and has his own porcelain design workshop. The combination of designing things and making them yourself seemed to me the perfect match.
I discovered I am very creative when I work in a certain strict structure. In the morning I throw to make my orders. In the afternoon I make glazes, fill my kiln, brush the terra-sigillata top layer. Currently I am working on some large trade orders, producing plates and spoons for restaurants, and throwing new designs for a flower pot company. I design new products while I am throwing.
I start my creative process with drawings in my sketchbook, and I look through them when I need inspiration to create something new. But sometimes a new design just happens: by coincidence a form arises and at that moment I embrace it and work it out.
Having the same structure every day gives my creative process a good rhytm.
Thank you for your interest in my work. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my work.
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Owner, Maker, Designer
Designer maker and ceramicst educated at the Design Academy in Genk Belgium and Art Academy Antwerp Belgium.
All my items are handmade with a lot of attention for every detail. This means there are always some differences between the pictures and the actual item. And no items are exactly the same as the others. I try hard to keep these differences limited but the handmade nature of my items make that all of them are one of a kind.
I love to touch and to feel the clay moving under my fingers, I hope you love to use it. All items are made with care by Jeannine Vrins.
All the designs are the property of the designer and may not be reproduced, adapted, changed, stored in any medium or copied in any form without prior written permission of the copyright owner. The work remains the property of the designer until full payment is made.
Don’t hesitate to write me if you have any questions or requests.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you cannot pay via Paypal please do not proceed with your item purchase. If payment is not received & no communication is forthcoming from the buyer within 48 hours the sale will be cancelled and item relisted and buyer will be reported for non-payment.
I ship to the adress Etsy gives me, let me know if want it shipped to another adress.
Buyers are responsible for paying any applicable customs fees, taxes, or duties in their country.
If an order contains more than one item I will calculate and inform you of the combined postage rate by email. Shipping rates listed with each item are examples, if you live in an other country than listed: please contact me and I will calculate your exact shipping amount.
The shipping rates do not cover tracking number and insurance. I cannot be held responsible for any lost, damaged or misplaced packages. If you want to take an insurance I will calculate your shipping costs.
Also, I will not be held responsible for any duty taxes you may incur.
All orders are handpacked by me with care and attention. I try to use recycled materials as much as possible to reduce costs to both you and the environment.
So far, I almost never had an item break in transit but if an item arrives broken, please contact me and include a photograph of the piece showing the damage and I will either refund you immediately or attempt to replace the piece depending on your choice. Please note that as each piece is one of a kind I can only do my best to replicate the item. The item may also take some time to replace depending on my kiln schedule.
Refunds and Exchanges
Any complaint must be made in writing within 8 days from receipt of goods. After this period no claims will be accepted in any case.
Additional policies and FAQs
Voor mijn belgische en nederlandse kopers: bij elk item staat de uitleg ook in het Nederlands. Wil je weten wat de prijs in euro is, geef dan het bedrag in dollar in op deze website: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html of neem contact met me op via een conversation of via email.
Als je in de buurt woont mag je me ook altijd contacteren om eens langs te komen en in mijn atelier te komen kiezen.
All items: © 2014 by Atelier Oker, Jeannine Vrins