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Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Swanica was influenced by a long family tradition of goldsmiths, painters and musicians and historical education. She became immersed fulltime in the ceramic art world in 1981 at the “L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs” in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was educated in the art of drawing, throwing, forming, decorating and glazing ceramics. Her early works include a study of Mexican figurines as well as “Delft Blue” ceramic ware.

Swan Blue Dinnerware



“Swan-Blue” ceramic ware.


In all her travels she always had a ceramic workshop at her home: Switzerland, New Jersey USA, in California from 1990 – 2014 and for seven years in Kamakura, Japan with a gallery from 2006 – 2013. In 2014/15 she will return to live also in the Netherlands and there will have her new ceramic workshop.

She had her first show in Switzerland in 1983, and her first American show in New Jersey in 1987.

She always taught ceramics in her workshops and has been very active in ceramic organizations: vice president of the OVCAG and chairwoman of the Gallery House and many other positions.

FullCover Ceramics Adventures in Japan_1





Publication of her first autobiographical booklet: “Horsehair: Ceramics Adventures in Japan 1”.

 





Publication of her second autobiographical booklet: “Kamakura-Red: Ceramics Adventures in Japan 2”.








1955 Born in Rheden, the Netherlands.
1981 – 1983 Ceramic education at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Geneva, Switzerland


Juried Group Exhibitions:

1987 Monmouth festival of the Arts, New Jersey.
2003 Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, CA.
2004 Los Gatos Art Museum, Los Gatos, CA.
2004 Star artist in San Jose Art Museum + 2005.
2004 The Artery in Davis, CA.
2004 Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA.
2008 California Clay 08 Exhibition from ACGA, Fresno, CA.
2009 San Diego Art Institute: 50th International Juried Awards Exhibition.
2009 International Contemporary Teapot Exhibition, Scottsdale, Arizona.
2009 Koyasan Exhibition, Happymaker Group, Koyasan, Japan.
2009 The Kamakura-Red Peony Vase at the Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, Nov., China.
2010 Shanghai International Modern Teapot Biennale Exhibition.
2010 Exhibition with goldsmith family in Museum “Het Valkhof” in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
2013 Three Kamakura-Red Artworks accepted in the Second Jakarta Contemporary Ceramic Biennale in the Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2013 Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival, in Palo Alto, CA, July.

Solo Exhibitions:
1998 Gallery House, Feature Show: “Open Heart”, Palo Alto, CA.
1999 La Galerie Internationale, “Blue and White” exhibit, Palo Alto, CA.
2000 Gallery House, Feature Show: “Cosmic Space”, Palo Alto, CA.
2002 Gallery House, Feature Show: “As White as Snow”, Palo Alto, CA.
2004 Gallery House, Feature Show: “Build Connections”, Palo Alto, CA.
2007 Toko Gallery, “Horsehair” Show, Mashiko, Japan.
2009 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Horsehair + Kamakura Red”, Kamakura, Japan.
2010 Feature Exhibition: “Wings: Love is a bird, she needs to fly” Horsehair and Kamakura-Red Exhibition in Toko Gallery in Mashiko.
2012 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Kamakura-Red Sakura” Exhibition, Kamakura, Japan.
2013 Yu Gallery, SwanCeramics Art Exhibition, Kamakura, Japan.
2014 Open Studio in May in Los Altos CA, USA.

Juried Galleries:
1997-1999 P.R.Coonley Art Store, Palo Alto, CA.
1997-2009 Gallery House Co-op, Palo Alto, CA.
1999-2001 Elemental Art Store, Los Gatos, CA.
2004-2006 SOBI Gallery, Burlingame, CA.
2006- Coupa Cosas Gallery, Palo Alto, CA.
2006- Pez Gordo Gallery, Los Cabos San Jose, Mexico.
2007- 2012 Toko Gallery, Mashiko, Japan.
2008- Alexander Salazar Art Gallery, San Diego, USA.
2008-2013 Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2010-2013 First Light Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

Japan:
2006 Groups Show in Mitsukoshi Store in Tokyo.
2006 Ceramic Art Museum in Mashiko, Special-Judges Award.
2007 Groups Show in Mitsukoshi Store in Tokyo.
2007 Feature Exhibition: “Horsehair” Show in Toko Gallery in Mashiko.
2007 “Box” Show in Gallery In The Blue, Utsunomiya.
2008 Serving Ware+Food Exhibition, Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo.
2008 Museum of the Ceramics Park Mino, Tajimi City, Honorable Mention.
2008 Ceramic Art Museum in Mashiko, Judges’ Commendation Award.
2009 Koyasan Exhibition, Happymaker Group, Koyasan, Japan.
2009 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Horsehair + Kamakura Red”, Kamakura, Japan.
2010 Opening of “Swan Art Gallery” in Kamakura, Japan.
2010 Feature Exhibition: “Wings: Love is a bird, she needs to fly” Horsehair and Kamakura-Red Exhibition in Toko Gallery in Mashiko.
2012 Ginsuzu Gallery, “Kamakura-Red Sakura” Exhibition, Kamakura, Japan.
2013 Yu Gallery, SwanCeramics Art Exhibition, Kamakura Japan.
2014 Museum of the Ceramics Park Mino, Tajimi City, Honorable Mention.

Musea:
2009 China Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Museum: Kamakura-Red “Peony Vase”.
2010 China Shanghai Pot Museum: Kamakura-Red “Bamboo Teapot”.
2010 China Yixing Ceramic Art Museum: Kamakura-Red “Bamboo Teapot” in International Hall of teapots.
2013 Indonesia Jakarta: “Kamakura-Red Sakura” Plate in he Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik, Visual Art and Ceramic Museum.

Publications:
2010 Japan Times: An artist’s love affair with ceramics: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20100501a1.html
2010 On Japanese Television: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceGiwcZzeLQ
2010 Autobiographic booklet: Ceramic adventures in Japan I: “Horsehair”.
2011 Autobiographic booklet: Ceramic adventures in Japan II: “Kamakura-Red”.
2009 In the Nagomi Japanese Magazine with my Horsehair Vessel as a “Mizusashi” for the tea ceremony. http://swanceramics.com/news/publicity/
2011 My 2006 Mashiko Special Judges Award “Four Seasons” Horsehair Vase is published in this 500 Raku book by Lark Crafts. http://swanceramics.com/news/publicity/
2011 My 2006 Mashiko Special Judges Award “Four Seasons” Horsehair in WIKEPEDIA about the explanation of horsehair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_hair_raku and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Clay
2012 Artist in book of the Association of Clay and Glass of California: a compilation of members. http://swanceramics.com/news/publicity/
2012 Artist in the book written by Guangzhen Zhou: The Appreciation and Collection of Modern and Contemporary Ceramic Art (Chinese version).

Conference Presentations:
2008 NOLA Fired-Up Conference in New Orleans with firing a sculptural paper-clay kiln, Feb-March, USA. http://swanceramics.com/2008/03/05/nola-fired-up-1/
2010 Lecture at Kamakura YMCA, Japan, May 21. http://swanceramics.com/2010/06/07/lecture-at-kamakura-ymca/

Workshops:
2008 “Horsehair + Altered Forms” workshop at the International School of Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan. http://swanceramics.com/news/workshops/


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