Carefully crafted, this one-off decorative piece represents Ophelia, the tragic heroine of Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. In Act IV, Scene V Ophelia is grief-stricken at the death of her father. Adorned with flowers and singing strange songs, she appears to be descending into madness.
Inspired by her vivid imagination, Aude has produced a range of strange, eccentric and charming characters. Some are glazed, whilst others have been left unglazed to reveal the tactile nature of the terracotta. Some are glazed, whilst others have been left unglazed to reveal the tactile nature of the terracotta.
Ophélie is an abstract terracotta earthenware sculpture, created by ceramicist and illustrator Aude Van Ryn.
Partly glazed earthenware terracotta.
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Belgian illustrator and ceramicist Aude Van Ryn creates hand decorated ceramic pieces, which are simple in shape and feature semi-abstract designs and graphics – dots, line and geometric shapes – alongside plants, flowers and birds.
Aude works mainly in porcelain stoneware, which she decorates with underglaze using brushes, fingertips and sgraffito techniques, before dipping them in a transparent glaze. Each piece is unique. She particularly likes the playfulness of abstract shapes, drawing inspiration from Guidette Carbonnel, Pablo Picasso and sixties and seventies textiles designs by Marimekko.
Aude moved to London aged 21 to take up a place on the Illustration course at Central Saint Martins. She went on to study at the Royal College of Art and has been part of the Heart Illustration agency since 1998. In 2007 she started working in ceramics and now has a studio close to her home in Camden.