Studio Amber Isabel
“I have always had an incredible urge to design. I get inspired by everything and spend a lot of time imagining how I can turn this fascination with my surroundings into a porcelain object.
Porcelain is such a beautiful thing, it is something that transcends time. I love turning a liquid and changing material into something substantial and eternal. Moulding the porcelain is very grounding and often messy, but when you open the kiln and hold the result in your hands, it is as precious as it is elegant. The tension between transparancy, residual space, matteness and tactility is what gives my work the resulting tension.”
– Amber Isabel, 2019
Visual artist Amber Isabel has a gift of adding beauty to any space. Having been born in a creative family, it wasn’t a big surprise that Isabel signed up at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague after she finished secondary school. She majored in photography and graduated with honours in 201o. Isabel kept developing her art, and her photography soon became more experimental. Isabel began to add little painted dots to her portraits, carefully at first but as time passed less and less of the actual picture stayed intact, and the photographic aspect seemed to become subservient to the painting aspect. By experimenting like this, Isabel realised how much she loved working in a three-dimensional space, and started to express an interest in ceramics.
After she finished several courses on the subject, Isabel gained the skills to transfer her ideas into porcelain objects. Her art is mainly inspired by the area in which she lives. Together with her husband and young son, she resides in an old city farm and has a studio in what used to be the chicken shed. The farm is situated on a beautiful plot of land where Isabel spends a lot of time looking for new ideas. Nature and the changing of the seasons are a reoccurring theme in her work.