Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild



Swanica Ligtenberg

Swanica finds a connection with Mother Nature through the creation of ceramic art. Her pieces radiate the warmth of earthenware colors, and express the elegance and harmony of nature through her abstract designs, the interplay between line and form, and surface treatment.

Over the years she has explored alternative glazing, kiln and firing techniques; Horsehair, Raku, Naked Raku, Pit, Saggar and Wood firings. Each firing offers something special and requires a deep understanding and interactive play to develop and master a unique technique and style by removing red hot pieces from the kiln and applying horsehair, or other materials, which then fume and result in exquisite colors.

Most of her pieces are based on traditional forms thrown on a wheel and then transformed. Her designs are abstract and find a balance in her ceramic piece. In addition to her “traditional” pieces she finds innovative ways to present her wall art. Her slabs combined with other natural materials create one harmonious work of art.

Her new Kamkura-Red Ware is inspired by the texture and red color of the Kamakura Bori Art. The red glaze symbolizes love, passion and strength. Living in Kamakura with its rich culture and its long heritage of woodcarving enabled her to create and develope a unique style.

website: www.swanceramics.com

Coming Events & Venues


Exhibition at Toko Gallery in Mashiko, Japan: November 2010.

Article in Japan Times: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20100501a1.htm.

On Japanese TV: You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceGiwcZzeLQ.

Exhibition in Shanghai: The 2010 second China (Shanghai) International Modern Pot Art biennial exhibition: April 2010.

Exhibition in The Netherlands with her Goldsmith Family, her uncle and grandfather, in the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen: April - June 2010.

Exhibition at Ginsuzu Gallery, Kamakura: November 2009.

Exhibition at Mount Koya, the Sacred Mountain of Japan: July 5-12, 2009.

Contact Info

Address: 4027 Manzana Lane
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Phone: 6507992564

Email: swanica@ligtenberg.com

Website: www.swanceramics.com

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