Jug by Dutch ceramist Jan van Stolk (1920-1997)



Jan van Stolk (Santa Brígida, March 11, 1920 – Oosterbeek, December 20, 1997) was a Dutch ceramist.[1][2] Van Stolk, a descendant of the Van Stolk family, was a son of Adriaan Pieter van Stolk and Mrs. Sophie van der Does de Willebois, and a brother of the sculptress Romualda Bogaerts-van Stolk. He was born in the Canary Islands and later lived with his parents in Italy, the Netherlands and Greece. In the 1930s he returned to the Netherlands with his mother and stepfather Luigi de Lerma. They were both ceramists and started a studio in Groenekan in Utrecht. Van Stolk will undoubtedly have worked in their studio. During the Second World War he took lessons at the art academy in Arnhem, under Gijs Jacobs van den Hof. In 1946 Van Stolk started his own studio in Nijmegen, from 1953 in Oosterbeek. Until 1970 he taught at the Free Academy in Nijmegen. He had several assistant students such as Wim Fiege and Marianna Franken. The Mediterranean atmosphere is recognizable in Van Stolk’s early work. Later he made works with gouged decorations, often on a black background. From the sixties he also made ceramic sculptures.