Anouk Kramer is best known for her rustic pottery with its subtle golden lining but also for her richly decorated tulip vases, unmistakably of Dutch provenance. ‘I find it so funny that all I need to make people happy is a lump of clay and my old shed!’
'I find it so funny that all I need to make people happy is a lump of clay and my old shed!'
What do you do for a living?
Making Pottery, handmade tableware and masterpieces.
Could you describe yourself in one sentence?
Pure, loving with respect for craft and nature.
How did you come up with the concept of Anouk Kramer?
I have been making pottery since 1995. There are not many potters in the Netherlands, as we know them in Scandinavia, France, Italy. In these countries there is more respect for craft. Quality is more important than quantity. The simplicity of a craft can be so beautiful that people get emotional from a plate of my hands.
'The simplicity of a craft can be so beautiful that people get emotional from a plate of my hands'
How would you describe your interior style?
A house is not a home, easy living.
What are your favorite interior brands and why?
It is a mix of things that we have found, made, or got from friends; stuff that means something to me. We are spending money to have good food, and a nice living in the field with everything around us. I love Vogue Living magazine, interesting people in easy living houses.
How do you create a balance between your work and family life?
We live near Amsterdam in the countryside in an old farm with barns and land, together with my husband, our three lovely daughters, dogs, horses, chickens and white pigeons. My atelier is at home. So I can work, and be there for the family. Here I can find peace and space to work in the middle of nature.
What is one thing you hope to teach your children?
Live with passion.
If you could take your dream vacation, where would you go and what would you do?
Hard question... there is still so much to see in my life. Being together and have more time for each other.
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do most?
Go hunting in the field, sail in the boat with the family and dogs, swimming with the children in the canal in front of the house.
Archive Store sells the most beautiful letter plates for your little one, all handmade by Anouk Kramer. You can choose from one of the three different designs; the bunny plate, the panter plate and the swan plate. Click here to see the collection.