Paula Bastiaansen
Artist Biography:
Paula Bastiaansen was born in Rucphen, the Netherlands.
She received the Bronze Prize at The International Ceramic Art Award – The First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2004.
She won The 2015 Keramiek Triënnale (Netherlands) (First prize), The Fifth International Festival Of Postmodern Ceramics 2016 (Croatia) (first prize), the second prize at The International Art Award "Blanc de Chine" 2017 (France). She has held solo exhibitions and also participated in international exhibitions all over the world. Her work is widely collected by museums, art galleries, universities and private collections. She has worked as a resident guest artist in Jingdezhen and Dehua (China) and Faenza (Italy).
Creative Statement:

My passion is working with porcelain. I find the challenge of working with this incredible material; white, transparent, fine, strong, but at the same time fragile, uncompromising, tearing and deforming and all its other assets, which are immensely fascinating. The astonishingly breath-taking feeling that I experienced a long time ago while observing a tiny Chinese bowl; the Beauty, the transparency, the refinement, the movement, the rhythm and the strength. All those things were from that moment on the elements that I try to aspire to in my work.