Alexander Lichtveld, born in Amsterdam 1953, is one of the sculptors who knows how to lift ceramics from its traditional role. After he finished
his education in ceramics at the Rietveld Academie he explored the
material and the technique in such a way that by now the 'baked-in
factor of coincidence' is brought back to an acceptable minimum. The
result is a solid, massive, geometric style, that leaves the
'pottery-culture' of traditional ceramics far behind.
Just as with modelling in wax, working with clay is a matter of adding, rather than
taking away. For a structure to remain upright internal constructions
are needed. To make these, Lichtveld uses partitions of the same
material, placed in strategically important places. In doing so, the
outer smooth geometrical structure derives its appearance from a
controlled get-together of inner lines of force. The only way to achieve
this is through a very labour-intensive method; an estimated six weeks
of work for a piece of 50 times 50 times 50 cm.
The sculptures here at Domus Serica are smaller. Each month, a new sculpture is added.