Swanica Ligtenberg

swanica ligtenberg-netherland-japanSwanica Ligtenberg (Netherland-Japan)

Swanica was born in 1955 in the Netherlands, she pursued her ceramic education at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Geneva, Switzerland, then became immersed fulltime in the art of drawing, throwing, forming, decorating and glazing ceramics.She was influenced by a long family tradition of goldsmiths, painters and musicians.

Swanica finds a connection with Mother Nature and meaning of life through the creation of ceramic art.

When she moved to Japan in 2006, she won awards in Mashiko and Mino for the raku horsehair technique.

Living in Kamakura with its rich culture and its long heritage of wood carving allowed her to create a unique style, called “Kamakura-Red” ware. The red glaze symbolizes love, passion and strength.

Selected Exhibitions:

Juried Group Exhibitions:

2010 Exhibition with goldsmith family in Museum “Het Valkhof” in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2010 Shanghai International Modern Teapot Biennale Exhibition.

2009 The Kamakura-Red Peony Vase is accepted at the Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, Nov., China.

Solo Exhibitions:

2010 Feature Exhibition: “Wings: Love is a bird, she needs to fly” Horsehair and Kamakura-Red Exhibition in Toko Gallery in Mashiko.

2009 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Horsehair + Kamakura Red”, Kamakura, Japan.

2007 Toko Gallery, “Horsehair” Show, Mashiko, Japan.

Juried Galleries:

2007- 2012 Toko Gallery, Mashiko, Japan.

2010- First Light Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

2008- Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

Japan:

2012 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Kamakura-Red Sakura” Exhibition, Kamakura, Japan.

2010 Feature Exhibition: “Wings: Love is a bird, she needs to fly” Horsehair and Kamakura-Red Exhibition in Toko Gallery in Mashiko.

2010 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Kamakura-Red Sakura” Exhibition, Kamakura, Japan.

Works

1)Kamakura-Red Sakura Plate_2x14,5cmx36cm_Low-fire red clay with red glaze_2010_S.Ligtenberg

3)Kamakura-Red Flower of Life Plate_47.5cmx5.75cm_Low-fire red clay with red glaze_2012_S.Ligtenberg.jpg

2)Kamakura-Red Flowing River_12.5cmx3cm,33cmx8cm_Low-fire red clay with red glaze_2010_S.Ligtenberg.jpg

Works

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