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Cindy Heldens
Ceramist
Potter
Visual Artist

As a child Cindy was always creating something. At the age of 12 she and her family emigrated to the Netherlands from Australia. To find her way in a new country had a strong impact on her life. In 1989 she chose, after all kinds of wanderings, to live in Beesel in the south of the Netherlands. It was in this small town she discovered the ceramic industry, which was still in full bloom at the time. It was a natural way for her to start working with clay. She followed a learning-working trajectory, where her curiosity was awakened for the whole process. She followed a technical training in fine ceramics. In 1998 she moved to a monumental building in the village center of Beesel where she still lives and works with clay.

“The challenge is to do the thing you have to do because you’re in love with it and can’t do anything else. Not because you want to become rich or famous but because you will be unhappy if you can’t do it.”

 
CLAY
CLAY

Ceramic objects are made from the raw material clay.   The term ceramics comes from the word “keramos” which means clay, or “made of earth”. For centuries “ceramics” has been the collective name.

NATURAL RESOURCES
NATURAL RESOURCES

Clay is a well-stocked raw material. The amount of clay used annually by ceramicists worldwide is small. Research by Deltares (2009) confirms that every year more clay is deposited in the floodplains by the rivers than man-made. This demonstrates that clay is a renewable raw material.

LOVABLE PRODUCTS
LOVABLE PRODUCTS

Ceramic products are permanently appreciated for their aesthetic value in the arts and crafts.   They have been the decor of our daily lives for centuries.

MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE

All my ceramics are dishwasher safe. Made out of stoneware clay, fired in electric and gas kilns to a minimum of 1240 degrees. Every piece is handmade. This gives the ceramics its special character. The irregularities make each piece unique.

SUSTAINABLE
SUSTAINABLE

Durability is an important aspect for the ceramist. As a result of the firing process, ceramics can last exceptionally long and, partly due to the natural ingredients, ceramics are a durable product. Since 2016, 33 solar panels provide the entire energy requirement in our studio. All products are colourfast and do not require any maintenance.

RE-USE
RE-USE

Art objects and decorative objects usually do not lose their value and are completely “reused”. Ceramic remains can be ground into granulate and recycled into new ceramic products. Ceramic products are also harmless to humans and the environment at the end of their life cycle.