“A vase is an object that surrounds us in our daily live, where it used as a “container” of some kind. In my work the functionality of the vase is unimportant. The vase is rather used as an object to convey a message or evoke a feeling.”

The vases and sculptures created by Mieke Delvaeye reflect a journey of expression. The vase loses it function and becomes an object of conversation, conveying abstractions of feelings and perceptions.

To create her work, she uses different sources of inspiration, like feelings, (childhood) memories, nature,… The different sources of inspiration can be combined in one piece.

Mieke Delvaeye makes use of the coiling technique to make her works. She creates her works with a minimum of tools. The freedom of expression is important part of her work, during the making of a piece and also during the completion of it. As a general concept, the imperfections and asymmetries that come to live while creating a piece, are embraced and make part of her style.

The asymmetry and imperfections of the skin of a piece represent on the one hand the asymmetries found in nature, e.g. the crookedness of a tree or branch, the beauty this reflects and on the other hand this asymmetry and imperfection represent the imprints left on our souls, by impressions, encounters and emotions that we experience in our daily lives. The fingerprints left on the vase or sculpture are like the silent witnesses of the emotions that shape us in our life time. They were left for viewer to see and give the work an extra sense of fragility.

During the glazing process, Mieke Delvaeye likes to experiment with slip engobes and different kind of glazes, that can be applied to the work in different ways, like brushing, pouring, applying with syringes,…. The different layers are allowed to react with each other. The “ruffled” skin of the work that is created during the building process has a dual function in this case, on the one hand it is finding perfection in imperfection, showing fragility; on the other hand this textured skin has an effect on the different glazes and slips that are applied, creating an “extra” layer or message. The skin can e.g. enhance the element of surprise, e.g. a glaze finding its way down a piece during the pouring, like water searching its way along the rocks.

Sometimes pieces are left unglazed (or partially glazed) to emphasize the beauty of the material (like the pure white of porcelain) and putting the focus only on the skin of the work and the feelings it evokes.