Dutch Potter from Amsterdam
Bechtold has been a porcelain artist for over two decades
and is based in Holland. Early on in his career, he worked in Germany
as a designer for Rosenthal. He is now an accomplished ceramist
who has exhibited internationally and has his own gallery in central
Amsterdam. Jeroen is also well-known for his pioneering work in
the field of 'virtual
Artist's statement: "Porcelain is a noble material that until
some 400 years ago was unknown to Europeans. It was imported by
the Dutch traders from China and Japan and the excitement it caused
in those days is legendary. For quite some time it was the 'in'
thing to have and to collect. It was so expensive that only the
very, very rich could afford it. People in Europe cherished the
whiteness of the Chinese products, the translucency, the refinement
of the thin porcelain.
Because of the admiration this very thin, glass-like clay got
the elegant name 'eggshell porcelain'. It is well known that in
the past Europe tried to imitate these Chinese wares. The imitations
even became as famous and as collectable (if not more) as the originals.
Now these days are far behind us and porcelain is as common as plastic.
That is to say, normally.
However, porcelain remains a material of which fine art is made."
Bechtold's porcelains tell stories of the past, of the present,
of the world we live in.
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