A Crooked hello to you!
Crooked Garden was born somewhere around 2017, during a stressful graduation year at art school. Pinching pots proved to be the perfect vessel for my need for making im-perfect things. It was a vessel that didn't judge me - which created freedom.
I've learned along the way that the Japanese have a word for this called; 'Wabi-Sabi'. Which means looking at the world with an acceptance for imperfection, and through that, seeing beauty. That is what Crooked Garden stands for. The beauty of imperfection. Of character, of flaws, of cherishing the charasteristic crookedness that we carry in all of us.
We humans all have a story. And clay invites us on a subconscious level to reflect on that. Clay tends to mirror the person who is working with it and then reaches out a gentle invitation for a bit of soothing. When you miss a bit of stability in your life, you can create a sturdy cup who can take a punch. When in need for peace, you can create something elegant and clean lined. When in need to exit frustration, you can build a big big vase.
You do not allways need to understand where you are in your life and what you need, but you can follow what you feel like with clay. And then later on use it in your day to day life, in the shape of a cup, a vase, a plate and so on. This fascinates me and I love it.
I welcome you wholeheartedly here on my site, and wish you a lovely visit. This is the space where I present my crooked creations, which have taken hours and hours to create through a carefull hand-pinching process (so no wheel!). You can also find more info about my pinchpot workshops in which many people have created a very unique, personal and functional item.
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A Crooked Team!
More and more people are curious to experience the magic of handbuilding, and so Christina is slowly shaping a team to support Crooked Garden. Who is part of this team?
Lisa & Johan - Zen fairies & Workshop assistants
When Christina gives a workshop, there is a big chance that you'll see her accompanied by Lisa or Johan (or both)! With their friendly, calm and thoughfull presence they are a big asset to the workshops. They keep an eye out for everyone having a warm drink and are skilled in the arts of small talk. They have also been trained by Christina to look out for possible problems that the workshoppers may encounter and to notice participants that are in need of a little positive support.
Fiana - Adventurous mermaid & Group workshop giver
Fiana graduated in 2018 at Art Academy Minerva as a teacher in expressive Arts & Design. She can be recognized by her expressive and cubism style (and is the reason behind a couple very weird glazes that Christina has on her shelves). She is a lover of silkscreen print (she owns Studio Corvo) and ceramics. Fiana and Christina have been sharing an atelier for the past 3 years and starting at march 2023 Fiana will start to give group workshops for Crooked Garden! Fiana radiates positive energy and.. energy! She runs on a battery that is crazy durable (much to Christina her amazement) and she is a bringer of positive spirits. She has a lot of experience in working with people and their creative processes. Quite the nice fit!