Bouke de Vries art and design works with ceramic assemblage to reinterpret historical pottery in multi-part art sculptures. The Dutch artist studied at the prestigious Central St. Martin’s in London and worked in high fashion before pivoting to ceramics conservation and restoration in the early 1990s, which he learned at West Dean College. In love with his modern art already?
Confronting the moral dilemmas around the valuation of imperfect artifacts in his vocational practice, de Vries challenges the value of imperfection, damage, and cultural history in his exploded modern art.
For the creation of this modern furniture, broken blue willow plates amalgamate into a map of China, a shattered turquoise vase finds a new function as the contents of a clear glass vessel, and small shards of porcelain become the thorns on a blossoming rose. And this is how these stunningly creative modern art pieces were created!