MO CORNELISSE, CERAMIC ARTIST

A look back at a special one Golden Oldie from the MASTERS Gallery collection. Mo Cornelisse has been working as a full-time ceramicist since 2012. With her love for craftsmanship, fascination with material contradictions and a good knowledge of form and simplicity, she creates three-dimensional pieces with a golden edge. Online Editorial: Larissa Schaule Jullens
Image: Mo Cornelisse

Lost Toys

“These porcelain dolls remind me of the past. They give me a warm, secure feeling. I call them Lost Toys, because we live in an era where everything is done via mobile phones and computers. Who plays with an old-fashioned doll these days? I designed the dolls and put them in a new shape of flowing geometric surfaces. I notice that every customer gives a different interpretation to my sculptures: that is what makes my profession so much fun. Lost Toys I make them in series, each time a boy and a girl together. They are each fifty centimeters high. I finish each doll differently, by applying gold leaf to specific details. Meticulous craftsmanship, which I carry out patiently, gold leaf by gold leaf. By the way, it is always a surprise to me how my work comes out of the mold/kiln. The dolls are never identical. I have the bronze statues made by a bronze caster and then I finish them myself. I consciously choose to... Bone China work in porcelain. This porcelain is of high quality, has a matte structure and is the whitest type. This look combines excellently with the gold leaf. The refined light makes the golden details stand out more strikingly.”

Cube tower

“With geometric shapes I create a multitude of angles in my work, allowing light and shadow to dominate on and around the shapes. The exciting contrasts that arise in this way have become my signature over time. I like to play with balance and the viewer's expectations. The elements in Cube tower for example, appear randomly stacked on top of each other. Thanks to various new techniques, including computer design and 3D printing, I have shapes at my disposal that I could not make with my hands. At the same time, as a ceramist I am the one who has to realize the final sculpture myself and it remains manual work. The new techniques are the new tools. Cube tower consists of porcelain spheres with twenty surfaces, which become increasingly smaller towards the top. I connect the balls immediately when they come out of the mold, because they are still wet. That often goes wrong! In this way I 'build' the tower. I then fire the porcelain at a low temperature. After sanding all surfaces, the second firing follows and I fuse the porcelain into one whole. My challenge is to continue to enter into new processes with ceramics and certainly with other materials. There is still so much to discover in this great profession. The process from idea to final artwork can sometimes take months. In this way I combine modern techniques with my love for clay, an age-old and organic raw material.”

Blue Wall

“I live for my profession. The craft aspect of ceramics inspires me and continuously challenges me. When you work with ceramics, nothing is predictable. The material has a mind of its own and requires concentration. You cannot act wildly and intuitively like a painter. If you did something like that with clay or porcelain, it would collapse under your hands. As an artist I give my own interpretation to the craft tradition: I experiment with modern techniques and contrasting materials. For me, a sculpture is only successful when the viewer wonders how it was made. Various galleries at home and abroad exhibit my works and I also regularly collaborate with interior architects. Their designs provide me with challenging assignments, because I can always respond to a completely different living environment. I made this enormous Cube wall installation of five by four meters for a project developer in London. A collection of geometric elements suggests a continuous movement on the wall. In consultation with the customer I came up with the final design. The customer chose the deep blue shade, which coincided beautifully with the wavy character of the work.”
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