Complex Architectural Formations – Ceramic Sculpture by Esther Stasse


Ceramics are great for the reason that you can turn any sort of sketch or concept in to a physical model in no time at all. I’ve been looking for some sculpture to satisfy my craving for inspiration and I was lucky enough to bump into these striking vessels rooted in the Dutch geometric tradition.

Born in 1968, artist Esther Strasse bases her ceramic sculpture on different compositions made of cylindrical, rectangular and oval shapes. Although function is not a goal in any of her works, most of her objects have an open section through the middle that means you could class it as a ‘vessel’. With these vessels she’s mainly concerned with form alone, and focuses on the combining complexity of construction with simplicity of material and colour. For example in this series seen here she has used limited colour, just black, which is quite compelling considering the overall contrast.

For me they’re closely linked to construction, and it’s quite easy to spot architectural aspects, so it’s no surprise then that Esther graduated in 1992 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect, also a principal member of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl. I can see a lot of this style coming through in this sculpture presented here today. More like this can be found on Esther Stasse’s website linked below, you won’t be disappointed.