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.
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. Using my own mugs and bowls 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 decided to sell my ceramics.
My designs are natural, simple, but elegant, at least, that's what I try them to be. My use of colors and materials is inspired by the sea, the sky and the earth.
For me working with clay is working with the elements. The clay and the materials that form the glazes, the water you use, and the intens heat you need to fire your work.
I love the simplicity of the process of throwing. It takes time to learn, but all it takes is a spinning wheel and your hands to make beautiful shapes. It’s a craft that exists thousands of years. It gives my a feel of connection.
I want the elements and simplicity to show in my work. I want to keep the process as basic as possible, and also my forms as simple, but elegant as possible. I use natural colors, and I like it when you see that the kiln made the glazes move, it’s a kind of souvenir from the extreme heat it went through. I like to keep the clay partly unglazed, so you can feel the clay.
I hope my cups invite you to take them with both hands and to enjoy the moment.
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 can also refer to sky, water and earth.
It 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.