Story bowls

Story Bowls are just as the name suggests, bowls with a story. I made my first Story Bowl in 2001 and have made dozens since – I’m very proud to have contributed to the private collections of owners all over the world. Whether you purchase a ready to ship bowl from my shop or commission a custom piece, Story Bowls are always one of a kind – no two are alike. Story Bowls can tell your own story, a life event, fictional story or tale, a news event, fantasy, anything. I work very intuitively to let the clay tell your story in detail, adding character and a hint of whimsy.

All Story Bowls come in a luxurious fair trade, felt lined gift box, making them the perfect gift for someone special or yourself.

Find ready to ship Story Bowls in my Etsy shop. If you’d like me to turn your own story into a Story Bowl, just contact me through the form at the bottom of this page.

If you’d like to see some of my previous Story Bowls and the story behind them, read the following blogposts or browse this book on blurb.

Story Bowl: Owls’ Play

A story bowl for an organisation named "Uilenspel" (owls' play) from Ghent, Belgium. This is a group of mostly volunteers who help primary school kids, especially foreign childern, with their homework. They come to the childs house and thus not only help the child,...

Story Bowl: 18 ladies, 1 man and a wheelbarrow

Custom story bowl for a man. He was saying goodbye to the company. The bowl was commissioned by the 18 women he trained and worked with during his career. And oh, ...there had to be a wheelbarrow too.... It was challenge and a pleasure making so many figures, of...

Story Bowl: Networker

As the name suggest this bowl is for a net-worker. It's a custom request for a corporate-going-away-gift for very social person who loves to play tennis and basketball in his spare time and have a nice cold beer. He is very good at bringing people together both in his...

Story Bowl: Alice in the Fifties

This bowl was made to commission; the input was: Make a bowl for someone who adores Alice in Wonderland and is a great fan of the fifties era too.So a bowl in fifties green with the white rabbit, tea-party and playing cards it became. The teacups and the lid of the...

Story Bowl: Sailing Sheep

Custom story bowl with the tiniest sheep I made so far :)  It lives on the isle of Wight. Request was as follows: A bowl for a couple married 50 years, she loves sheep, he loves sailing and they're going to the isle of Wight, where they went for they honeymoon, to...

Story Bowl: Group layout

Mostly I get commissioned to make story bowls for private people; This time I was asked to make a bowl representing a group layout. The bowl was a present to the group to remind them how they started all those weeks ago and how far they have come since. That they are...

Story Bowl: Scuba Divers

This bowl was a commission for a wedding present, the couple share the passion of scuba diving and that's also how they met. I pondered long on the theme, how to capture this in a story bowl. The material would be porcelain, no doubt there, but how to position the...

Story Bowl: Cat and swallows

A while ago I was asked to make a bowl for an anniversary. She loves cats, he has got a fascination for swallows. I suggested a large bowl in porcelain with swallows flying and a cat watching. We decided to keep the cat pure white  but give him a trail of turquoise...

Story Bowl: the Charioteer

Some weeks ago I was asked to make a story bowl with a charioteer, a female one, dressed in a long garment. The horses did not need to be there. It meant to go with a poem the client had written. She allowed me to publish it here. It's in Dutch, I will not attempt to...

Feeling inspired? Feel free to contact me with your own story.

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