Born in Utrecht, Bouke de Vries studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, and later at West Dean College in the UK where he studies ceramics conservation and restoration. During his studies and his everyday practices as a conservator De Vries was faced with issues and contradictions about perfection and worth:
“The Venus de Milo is venerated despite loisng her arms, but when a Meissen muse loses a finger she is rendered virtually worthless.”
Using his skills as a restorer, De Vries ‘exploded’ artworks reclaim broken pots after their accidental trauma. De Vies has called it “the beauty of destruction.” Instead of reconstructing the pieces, he deconstructs them. Instead of hiding the evidence of their accidents he emphasizes the new status a work can receive.
Today’s jewel in the crown of New York’s Winter Antiques Week, The New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, brings together a carefully selected and distinguished international group of around 29 galleries offering all things “fired” – porcelain, pottery, glass, cloisonné and enamels, in a setting perfect for the exhibition and sale of important small objects.
Ferrin Contemporary is the preferred source for contemporary ceramic art circa 1950 – present with over 35 years of experience and expertise in private collections services and the presentation for sale of primary and secondary market works by leading international artists whose primary medium is clay.