I’m Michelle van Andel, the maker of Triskel Pottery.
I have always loved pottery. I spent many holidays visiting ceramic studios and meeting the potters. It's so fascinating to see how they are able to make something beautiful out of a piece of shapeless clay.
I have no idea why it took me so long to come up with the idea to buy a potter’s wheel and to start throwing, but it was the best decision ever. All the clay, the wheel, and the glazes take a lot of space, so we converted the post-war temporary home in our backyard, into a cozy studio.
I love to throw and glaze, and opening the kiln is always an exciting moment. I love it when a mug or bowl has turned out nicely. A cup of coffee from your own mug just tastes better than coffee from a factory cup. Homemade bowls on the table make me happy. But now I have reached the point where even I think there is too much of my pottery in the house, and because I really want to keep throwing and glazing, I sell my ceramics.
My designs are simple, robust but elegant, at least, that's what I try them to be. My use of colors and materials is inspired by the seaside.
I think my subconscious rebels against uniformity. I can't make exactly the same shapes. My pots are never identical twins, they are more like brothers and sisters.
On Instagram I show my new work and tell you more about the materials I used.
I would love to hear from you, here or there!
The Triskel is the symbol of the elements earth, water and fire.
It also represents movement, motion and personal growth.
There are many other variations as to what the three extensions in the trial spiral symbol mean. But these are the reasons why I chose this symbol as my logo.