“Somewhere in Time” Light Cobalt Crystalline Ceramic Vase with crystals by Brooks Bouwkamp. A lovely vase for a shelf or corner that needs that special something. Nothing more needed once you have this fantastic blue vase. A Blue crystalline vase that have the marks of a master maker. Only a few North American potters tackle this form of glazing.
Brooks Bouwkamp’s crystalline pottery is one of a kind. He is a potter who lives and works in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Andrews University.
Brooks’ crystalline pottery can be found published in books, in galleries, and in private collections throughout the United States.
The masterful use of crystalline glaze and the crystal formations on Brook’s pottery are stunning. It is the result of a precise chemistry and kiln-firing schedule. This is necessary to grow crystals in the surface of his porcelain pots. Because the process is very unique, it is one that few potters will attempt, much less master. Brooks is clearly one of the best crystalline potters around. This artist has taught many classes for art centers. In addition, Brooks conducts ceramic throwing and firing workshops for high schools, colleges, and art centers.
During the firing process, the crystals form and grow into unpredictable patterns. Brooks work stands alone at the gallery. You can use these pots in a variety of ways. A single flower inserted into a vase or as a stand alone object of beauty Brooks work is extraordinary and unique.