Carine Neutjens

 

Carine Neutjens (Mechelen, B, 1956) came into contact with glass by chance.  In her family it was very important to develop a career.  She studied ballet at the Conservatory in Mechelen, did a specialization in modern languages in De Ham, worked as a stewardess for Sabena and finally ended up in advertising.  In 1995 she took the decision to  enrol for simultaneous studies in Ceramics and Sculpture at the Academies of Mechelen and Lier.orn in USA, 1973

1997-2001 Studied at the School of Fine Arts, NY

​Carine Neutjens’ bowls remind one of stone, coral, lava and other natural elements.  These are extremely vulnerable, fragile pieces which seem to have come straight from nature.  “When, during the course, I began to experiment with pâte-de-verre, I had just returned from a heavenly holiday on La Graziosa, a tiny island in the Canaries off Lanzarote.  That was the foundation for my glassworking, because the lava stone that I found there was the model for my first trial pieces.  Later holidays also became the sources for my themes during the first years: sponges washed up on the beach, shells, the structures of brain coral, whimsically wrinkled shapes, and others". Carine Neutjens’ bowls remind one of stone, coral, lava and other natural elements.  These are extremely vulnerable, fragile pieces which seem to have come straight from nature.  “When, during the course, I began to experiment with pâte-de-verre, I had just returned from a heavenly holiday on La Graziosa, a tiny island in the Canaries off Lanzarote.  That was the foundation for my glassworking, because the lava stone that I found there was the model for my first trial pieces.  Later holidays also became the sources for my themes during the first years: sponges washed up on the beach, shells, the structures of brain coral, whimsically wrinkled shapes, and others".

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