Ce­ramic artist

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Creative Amsterdam -

Soft light streams through the glass front of Annemieke Boots’ workshop as barges laden with sand and stones pass slowly along the canal out­side her win­dow. In­side, the kiln where she fires her el­e­gant, min­i­mal­ist pot­tery is giv­ing off enough heat to warm the en­tire room. Tak­ing a fresh lump of grey clay in her hands, Annemieke be­gins to turn it deftly on her pot­ter’s wheel. Be­fore long it takes the shape of a small bowl, start­ing the process that will even­tu­ally lead it to the pile of spoons, tea cups and other cre­ations be­side her: each one in muted, earthy tones, each one in some way unique. Her skill be­lies the fact that un­til five years ago she’d never made any­thing from clay, let alone con­sid­ered ce­ram­ics as a ca­reer. She was work­ing in a shop when a chance en­counter with a ce­ram­i­cist in­spired her, but her city helped her be­lieve she could rein­vent her­self. ‘I’ve lived in Am­s­ter­dam for 20 years now,’ she says, ‘I’ve al­ways liked it here be­cause peo­ple have an open mind and a free spirit. They dare to try things. In the cre­ative com­mu­nity you see a lot of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures shar­ing ideas. That’s typ­i­cal of Am­s­ter­dam.’

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Am­s­ter­dam’s Oude Kerk (‘Old Church’) stands next to the city’s Red Light District. LEFT Annemieke Boots at work in her stu­dio

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