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'My work is always abstract with three-dimensional shapes by using an idea to satisfy my things for aesthetics'

Hanka Wolterstorff has been creating and exhibiting very beautiful ceramics for 25 years now but only recently has a collection of hers been added to the Readytex Art Gallery. The statuettes, sculptures of up to a meter in height of Wolterstorff are abstract, curvaceously shaped with strong dynamics and beautiful colors. The statuettes are asymmetrical as well as harmonious. The finish is smooth and the colors are whimsically applied in different oxides such as dark iron, green copper oxide or yellow manganese. Lately also royal blue seems to be a particular favorite of hers.

Hanka Wolterstorff who is a professionally trained ceramicist has rightfully earned the award for most outstanding work during the National Art Exhibit of 2004. She has never been interested in creating realistic images in ceramics. Her work is always abstract and she creates three dimensional shapes which have to satisfy her idea of aesthetics. While creating a statuette she has no predefined idea or design in mind but just some idea for the sub shapes. Her technique is that she rolls out a piece of clay into a large pancake like shape which she leaves to dry partially.

In the next step she cuts out shapes and subsequently creates a statuette by pressing them together in order to ensure a secure attachment. These creations are then baked in an oven at high temperatures and are then called bisquit. They are then baked for a second time in order to provide them with a waterproof glaze to which the oxides give their magnificent colors.

2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of March "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 TNF of August "Hanka Wolterstorff", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 About Change, World Bank, Washington DC, USA
2011 Exhibition of the Soeki Irodikromo Folk Academy for Art and Culture, De Hal, Suriname
2010 Vredig, Vrij en Vriendelijk, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Hanka Wolterstorff

Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
"Open House" in July at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in May at Readytex Art Gallery
'‘Open House'' in March at Readytex Art Gallery
"Special Gift Edition" at Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday-Night-Feature with Open-Mic during NK
Readytex Art Gallery also open during NK 2018
Animals inspire our next Thursday-Night-Feature
"Open House at Readytex Art Gallery"
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
The About Change emerging artists program
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "

Date of birth:
8 january 1943

Birth place:
Hoorn, the Netherlands

From 1980 onwards, lessons from Surinamese ceramic artists, first Ted Heymans and then Soeki Irodikromo.

2004 Award for most outstanding work at the National Art Fair 2004.

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