Photo: Isabelle Hattink www.fotobelle.nl

About the artist

Liesbeth de Jonge was born in Zierikzee, a small medieval town on the Dutch coast. She now lives in Courlac, France and in Rotterdam, Holland. From 1971-1975 she studied at the Belgian Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp where she was awarded distinctions in her first and third years. Because of her work she received a scholarship which enabled her to study one year in Czechoslovakia at the Academie Vytvarnich Umeni in Prague. She studied graphics there in 1975 and 1976.

She paints mostly in watercolor and there are several main themes in her work including music and ballet. Beyond traditional work in watercolor, Liesbeth found a freer method of working by making collages. In these works she uses Japanese papers or French handmade papers.

Recently she uses all techniques again, having the space and possibility to do so, in her workshops in France.

It was Matsumoto who inspired her to take up ceramic-work, which very soon became a new and lasting passion. Since 2000 she has made ceramics inspired by Japanese ceramists, techniques and shapes. The Japanese tea ceremony is a big source of inspiration. Most work is fired in raku and naked raku. In 2002, 2003, 2011 and 2012 she attended masterclasses given by David Roberts in the south of France and in Italy. In 2005 she was accepted to work in the Shigaraki Ceramic Centre in Japan, for 5 weeks and to fire the anagama kiln.

Her ceramic work has been permanently for sale for a period of 17 years at Alexander van de Ven in The Hague, Holland, a specialist in Japanese and Chinese antique furniture.

Liesbeth de Jonge is a member of the Dutch Ceramist Society NVK