Photo: Isabelle Hattink

About the artist

Liesbeth de Jonge was born in Zierikzee, a small medieval town on the Dutch coast. She now lives in Rotterdam. 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 exclusively in watercolour and there are several main themes in her work including music and ballet.

Beyond traditional work in watercolour, Liesbeth found a freer method of working by making collages. In these works she uses Japanese papers or French handmade papers coloured with watercolours.

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. Some years ago she attended two summer courses, one of which was a master class, given by David Roberts and Karin Heeman, on raku, and naked raku firing.

In 2005 she was accepted to visit the Shigaraki Ceramic Centre in Japan, to work there for 5 weeks and to fire the anagama kiln.

Her ceramic work has been permanently for sale for a period of 16 years at Alexander van de Ven in The Haque Holland, a specialist in Japanese and Chinese antique furniture.

From april 2014 her work will be for sale in STUDIO 40  Noordeinde 85   2514 GD The Hague

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