Patty Schilder

Patty Schilder (Den Helder, 1957) is a Dutch ceramist with Indonesian and African roots.  Her passion is Raku, a Japanese firing technique, which she uses in an original way in her own work. During her travels to distant countries, such as Mali, Nepal and Indonesia, she became inspired by authentic indigenous ceramic forms and techniques.

Because of her fascination with weathering processes, where the influence of time and nature are visible, her choice for Raku and 'Naked Raku' was obvious.

Playing with the four elements (water, earth, air and fire) and applying reduction and oxidation form the basis of her work. The use of color, the choice of motifs and its symbolism is derived both from non-Western and Western cultures - a mixture that corresponds with her own cultural background.

Patty exhibits quite regularly in national and international galleries and museums, such as Stedelijk Museum Prinsenhof in Delft, Museo D'arte Moderna in Gavirate (Italy) and Eugene's Gallery in New Orleans (USA). Her work is also on display and available in her own studio in Amsterdam.

In 2013 and 2014, Patty participated with 3 other ceramists in the traveling exhibition Piel Desnuda (Naked Skin), which brought together four interesting variations on the theme "Naked Skin".


Each of the exhibitors contributed to the theme from their own cultural background, their own vision and their own technique. The other participants are Sylvie Enjalbert (France), Susan Melo (Chile) and Monica Sandell (Sweden).