bio

Het afstudeerproject van Mieke Blits aan de Rietveld Academie in 1971 was Monumentaal, in samenwerking met de afdeling Architectonische Vormgeving. Door de jaren heen is haar werk monumentaal van karakter gebleven, zowel in geometrische als organische objecten. Zij benadert keramiek als vrije vormgever en gebruikt verschillende keramische technieken om monumentale en heldere vormen te maken. Mieke heeft vooral in haar beginperiode veel gegoten, maakte geometrische vormen en experimenteerde om een eigen vormgeving te vinden. Momenteel maakt zij vooral handvormen.

Het maakproces vindt zij hierbij essentieel, de interactie met de klei is belangrijk voor haar. Het is dan een uitdaging het toeval een kans te geven. Zij probeert techniek, vormgeving en kleur te laten samenvloeien in een simpele, krachtige, gestroomlijnde en persoonlijke vormgeving.


Mieke Blits graduated from the Ceramics Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, where she started The Steengoed Collective with five other ceramists, ‘steengoed’ being a Dutch homophone meaning both ‘stoneware’ and ‘very good’. The collective’s studio and shop were located in the historic center of Amsterdam, at Singel 386. The collective was both a success and inspiration, collectively and individually, as ideas were stimulated, equipment and environment shared, and many expositions held. Blits worked for the Steengoed Collective from 1971 until 1984, a period in which she also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1978.
 
In 1974, Mieke Blits was awarded a one year scholarship at the Ceramic Workcenter in Heusden, the Netherlands (now the E.K.W.C., Den Bosch, the Netherlands). This award allowed her to work independently on her development as a ceramic artist. Additionally, in 1981, Blits was granted a travel bursary from the Dutch government to study Japanese ceramics. Over the course of a year, she successfully participated in workshops and completed several Japanese apprenticeships. This work and study experience abroad greatly expanded her artistic and cultural horizons, which Blits continues to pursue today in her love of world travel and continuous search for artistic inspiration and education.

In addition to her work as an independent ceramics artist, Mieke Blits is also an arts educator. From 1976 till 2013 she was a part-time teacher at several art schools and in secondary education. As a dedicated artist and teacher, she enjoyed the experience of both sharing and gaining information in the classroom, while also having the time to work independently in her own studio. Blits continues to work and create in the same West Amsterdam space, a studio she acquired in 1984, located on Tasmanstraat 15 — a large, beautiful, old school building and historic monument, close to where she lives and finds creative stimuli today.

Currently, Mieke Blits works in small series, mostly hand formed objects and one of a kind. She makes powerful and simple shapes. She likes to play with shapes and techniques until she finds the right balance. This balance and play with shapes and techniques gives her work a certain tension and dynamic. Furthermore, the use of color and color combination is very important in her work. She tries to use powerful colors that accentuate the unassuming shapes she creates.

Mieke Blits is also a specialist in the architectonic design of vases, which stems from her desire to create functional art, as well as the challenge to combine her specific shapes and techniques into the creation of it. In her design and collections of vases, for example, the vase is her canvas, structure and aid, accentuated by her master-mixology of colors, while maintaining an architect’s precision in function and form – a Blits’ trademark.