I've been collecting beautiful ceramics for a long time now. Pieter Groeneveldt has always been one of my dutch heroes and I've been lucky to acquire some of his work. Another big hero is Lucie Rie, but I just can't afford one of her pieces (yet). In 2015 I started my artisan pottery studio in Amsterdam. I now specialize in making my own glazes. It's a bit of chemistry and a lot of artistic patience and determination.
I'll be putting in new work on this website on a regular basis. It's still not easy to let go of a beautiful vase, because I love (at least like) every single well balanced and nicely glazed pot, no matter how wonky or weird. A piece of work that 'works' inspires to make another one.
Until 2015 all my pottery was marked with the seal of the family Verbunt. It's a traditional 19th century crest with 'four bunts' (straw baskets). The origin is unknown, but most likely my great-great grandfather had it drawn up to add some style to his brewery and wine trade. Thanks to his economic legacy, I was able to start up the studio. From march 2015 on I've been signing work with the new Made in Mokum-logo.
I like to work alone, but that's just impossible and very boring. Thanks to everyone who helped me out - like that time I broke my back, thinking I could carry 40 kilo's of clay by myself (thanks Dorothée!). Or with stuffing kilns, cleaning up the studio, new tricks and what more: thanks Elias, Joze, Rita, Roos, Yvonne and Nirak! Thanks to Hans and Petra for giving me opportunities to teach. Last but not least, thanks to Marietje for her teaching me how to throw properly! I hope to be learning new things about ceramics my whole lifetime.
Camille Verbunt, founder Made in Mokum
So we're an artisan pottery studio in Amsterdam. We make ceramic things we love and share them with you. We do a lot of vases, bowls and pots. And if you want, just ask us to make one especially for you or your loved ones (dead or alive). Our work is sometimes dark and quirky, even wonky if you like. We don't care too much about traditional perfection.
We try to make usefull and beautiful stuff. If you don't put flowers or brushes or branches in our vases you can use them to hold a door or bang a nail in the wall. They are tough. Don't throw them at people. All our shapes and also our glazes are homebrewn. Made at our home and that's Mokum to us.
Really, what more do you need to know about us? Then drop us a note to share your thoughts, ask your question, put in an order or whatever you want from us.