Lies van Huet
Annigje Smits – van der Veen
Anne-Nynke Hoekstra

Lies van Huet. I have been a ceramist since 1980. I gained a lot of knowledge and craftsmanship by years of experience and additional courses. I learned to throw earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clay at home and abroad, among others with Geert Schreuder, Douglas Phillips, Kees Hoogendam, Johan Broekema, Paulien Ploeger, Joop Crompvoets. I also became skilled in handbuilding and Raku, an ancient Japanese firing technique. My studio is in the former prison – in the mean time cultural heritage – Blokhuispoort, in the capital of Friesland, Cultural Capital 2018 of Europe, Leeuwarden. There I have a spacious and bright workspace and course room. Member of NVK Nederlandse Vakgroep van Keramisten and SKNN Stichting Keramisten Noord Nederland.

Art, Applied Art, Tableware

I make both art, applied art and utensils of stoneware, porcelain and raku. The utensils are unique because I always strive to add a personal touch to each object

With the objects of art I get inspired by emotions and social context. I also do commissioned work. For this I start to work on a design together with the client. The new Frisian Museum in the city of Leeuwarden, opened on September 13, 2013, has got work of mine, the Claystool. My study of pedagogics helps to transfer my enthusiasm and expertise in the field of clay; I am a certified teacher. Since 2011 I am an officially accredited placement company for vocational education. For that purpose I have given courses and workshops for many years with great pleasure. Welcome!

Annigje Smits – van der Veen completed her study Creative Craftsman at Friesland College in 2013. She was the first student to graduate with the study profile of ceramics. During this study her love for ceramics was born and she did several internships at different ceramists, each with their own expertise, to gain experience. Therefore Annigje has been educated in a very allround way.That is why she is able to throw, make plaster molds, develop glazes and paint pottery. When she did her internship at Lies she instantly felt completely at home. Even after her graduation she stayed in the studio due to the good atmosphere and career opportunities and soon she was offered a permanent  contract.

She has been working here for 5 years now and is a real Jack-of-all-trades. In the studio she participates in the production, she gives ceramics courses for beginners, workshops, children’s parties and in order to keep developing, she takes courses herself with among others Joop Crompvoets, Trudy Otterspeer en Tineke van Gils. 

Anne-Nynke Hoekstra graduated as a teacher of Fine Arts and Design at NHL Stenden Hogeschool in 2018. When she went to Hong Kong for a minor during her studies and came in contact with throwing her own crockery in a 6 months course, she was hooked.

She wanted to improve her techniques, met Lies in 2014 and took a ceramic course. It pleased both sides so well that she never left. Even better, Anne-Nynke now teaches adults herself.

She also organizes children’s parties and teaches students of the Creative Craftsman course at Friesland College. Nynke: “Lies gives me the opportunity to delve further into everything that involves making ceramics and working in a large studio.

For my own work, I am most inspired in making tableware  and that is why I want to focus even more on working with porcelain, stoneware and glazes in the coming period.


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