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Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Tree with happy birds', 2017
Ceramics, height 90 cm,
Not signed
Gerrie Oplaat (1963)

Have you ever fallen in love with a tree? This ceramic tree by Gerrie Oplaat immediately hit my heart. I have something with trees anyway. For example, with age-old, red beeches, whose leaves seem fragile pink in the early spring, when the sun peeks through them. Its sturdy branches, reaching to the sky and its bark, full of capricious relief and deep colours, I find fascinating. And then I'm not even talking about the underground network of roots and fungi, through which trees communicate with each other.

Gerrie Oplaat is obsessed with clay, from which she conjures unique objects with endless patience, extensive experience and great craftsmanship. She radiates when she tells how this tree came about. "On a piece of plastic I roll out a slice of clay with a rolling pin. With the plastic still on it I go to an old oak in our vegetable garden, push the clay firmly against the trunk and beat it for a long time, so that the relief comes into the clay well. I carefully pry everything loose and let that for a short time dry in my studio. Then I roll the clay around a plastic rain pipe and pierce holes, where later the branches are attached. I remove the rain pipe and the plastic film and bake the object at 960 degrees in the oven." It is not done then.

"With copper oxide and a little transparent glaze I brush the clay completely and let it dry, after which I rub it off again. Only in the grooves something is left behind. Then the whole goes back into the oven, now at 1100 degrees. Finally, I put everything in the white polishing wax, so that there comes no dust in the trunk. Finally, I glue the branches in the trunk and the birds, which I have made from a remnant of clay, get a spot on the branches."

Gerrie is born in 1963 in the hamlet Loo-Bathmen. As a child her creativity is already noticed. She attends numerous courses, but when she went to ceramist Mrs Gijbels, she knew that she had found her passion. She follows lessons for ten years and from 1995 she herself gave lessons. Currently she has 48 students, divided into six groups. During exhibitions in the Achterhoek and Twente, her work is admired and sold well. "Sometimes I make something in bronze, but if I can make it in clay, I do not do it in bronze. Clay I can force completely to my will. I like to experiment, try several techniques and do all kinds of tests, which I save in my glaze book, because as I have it in my head it has to be. The clay has to do what I want!"