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Curriculum Vitae


name: Jannig Kwakman
address: Kerkstraat 5
domicile: 1131 BE Volendam
country: The Netherlands
nationality: Dutch
telephone: +31(0)642889063
e-mail: jannigkwakman12@gmail.coml
date of birth: 26 march 1950


1972 Academy voor Beeldende Vorming in Amersfoort Holland 2end degree Arts and Crafts
1979 1st degree Arts and Crafts . Specialised in ceramic sculpture  at the Academy in Amersfoort.
1987 Artists in Residence Program with José Vermeersch in the Ceramic Working Centre in Heusden, Holland.
1988 Professional sculptors exchange program, Studio
1989 Laidman, San Fransisco U.S.A.


1971 – 1984 Art teacher at several  schools in Holland
1984 -  1990 Teacher of sculpture, ceramics, didactics and art education at the Teachers College, Hogeschool Midden Nederland   in Utrecht.
1988 -  1990 Management and coördination of an international Ceramic Sculptor Exchange Program.
1989 Teacher summer course Ceramic Sculpture at California State University, Sacramento (Cal.) U.S.A.
1989 – present Ceramic sculpture instructor in private studio in Volendam, Holland.
1993 –  2014 Conservator of the art collection of Hotel Spaander in Volendam.
1994 – 1966 Participation  in an international group of artists, the “Group Kâ “. This group  was working in very different  areas of the arts. Their activities vary from dance, painting, juggling,literature to sculpting. The group had a manifestation  in november 1994 in Bruxelles, Belgium.
1989 – present Working member of the Dutch union of ceramists. (NVK).


1980 & 1985 & 1997 The Volendammer Museum in Volendam.
1988 & 1989 The Shenandoa Gallery in Plymouth (cal)  USA.
1988 & 1989 The Udinotti Gallery in San Francisco  and Los Angeles (Cal) USA.
1990 Gallery “Keramix”in Nieuwegein.
1990 Davis Art Centre in Davis (Cal) USA.
1990 Robert Else Gallery In Sacramento (Cal) USA.
1990 Gallery “Dubbel Zeven” in Amersfoort.
1990 “Het Glazen Huis “ in Amsterdam.
1991 Ceramic market in Ravenstein.
1991 & 1993 Gallery “Casus “in Purmerend.
1991 Gallery “Eind April “in Amsterdam.
1993 “De Hoge Hees “in Eersel.
1993 Gallery Desude in Udenhout.
1994 & 1996 Gallery Babel in Landsmeer.
1994 Art “Lend out “ in Leeuwarden.
1993 & 1994 & 1995 Gallery Marc in Bruxelles (Belgium).
1995 & 2002 “Art at Home “route in Edam.
1996 & 2001 Gallery “Le Pignon “in Grootschermer.
1997 & 1998 & 1999 Gallery Beeld²  in Velp.
1997 Sculptors exhibition   in gardencomplex “Isis “ in Purmerend.
1998 Gallery “Bon Ton “in Helmond.
2000 Participation  in Ceramicsguide  North- Holland.
2000 The “Kapberg”in Egmond aan de Hoef.
2001 The “Kunstwinkel “in Schimmert.
2003 until 2017 Participation in Art Route in Volendam.
2003 Gallery “Kempro “in Sterksel.
2004 St. Michaëls church in Oosterland (Wieringen)
2005 “Art in the Glasshouse” in Heerhugowaard.
2006 The Big Church in Oosthuizen.
2007 The Big Church in Edam.
2009 until 2017 Ceramists North-Holland
2012 Archives in Purmerend
2012 & 2014 Art and Antiques Fair
2013 Ceramics Market in Gouda
2014 Jubilee exhibition of The Dutch Federation of Ceramists in Deventer


Jannig’s sculptures have the shape of women in an expressive pose. She tries to make her pieces fragile, open, tense, earthy and powerful.

Her images are a reflection of the powers that in many cultures are attributed to the gods, demons, wizzards, witches and saints. The forms of her sculptures are inspired by the way western, african, indian and asian artists have shaped these powers in their holy and artistic objects. In her interpretation  of these forms she expresses her own feelings and ideas.

Growing processes in nature are a great source of inspiration too.

For her it is a constant challenge to exploit the subtle characteristics of the clay; the tension of the surface, the color, the delicacy and fragility of the material. These qualities also give character to her sculptures. She rarely uses glazes. Sometimes she burns her work in a sawdust kiln to achieve a black burnt pattern on the surface.

When Jannig uses porcelain, she sometimes combines it with water. For water plays, water knows the game with wind, air and space already for a long time. Jannig plays along with the water and carries images; white, bleached, sometimes battered, in the shape of a shell, like foam, frail, open, transparent and yet strong. Porcelain – pure, or slightly touched by color, – it plays the game very well.