Carina Claassens started her first Clay Cafe in AISM Maputo, Mozambique in 2003. She relocated to Amsterdam in 2005. In 2013 she decided to leave the corporate world to return to her artistic roots and design and make her own ceramics. In 2017 she visited the Yada Yada Market and fell in-love with it. This is how the Clay Cafe Nederland came to be! If you have met and seen how she works with children you can describe it in a word: Magic! You can see her enthusiasm to share her passion of clay with other. Some more info on Carina:
Carina Claassens is an artist who creates ceramic vases and bowls that first and foremost aim to express the natural beauty and properties of clay. Her approach is intuitive and organic, allowing her hands to act as a conduit for the natural expression of each slab of beloved porcelain as it dictates its own metamorphosis from raw clay into the immaculate vessel. No two pieces are ever the same and are handcrafted in ceramic traditions that no machine can ever replicate. Her work is influenced by a range of artists and media, most notably the textile printmaker Mark Herald and ceramicists Artmore and Lauren Neuman. African, Native American and Chinese artforms also play a major influence in her craft. Her current work pays homage to her South African heritage through botanical imagery inspired by the flora of Southern Africa.
Carina was born in South Africa and grew up on a beautiful wildlife nature reserve. Blyderiver (Bourkes Luck Potholes). She majored in Fine & Applied Art, where ceramics was one of her majors. Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, graduating in 2003. She is currently based in The Netherlands, where she has been promoting South African visual and performing arts.