Two Trees is a one woman company. That woman is me: Annemiek Hamelink. Happiness is central to my work. My creations are whimsical, cute and (hopefully) brings a smile to your face. To see grown ups smile like a kid and hear the stories they imagine when they see my work, really gives me energy.
Animals, nature and their little and big surprises inspire me most, closely followed by fantasy, (local) crafts and folklore. I love reading, the smell of thunderstorms, fresh grass and home baked cookies.
In 2012 I returned to my home turf, Zeeland, the Netherlands, after living in Belgium and Ireland for nearly 20 years. I was born and raised amidst orchards and fields. I always loved the time when my dad would burn the pruned branches. It triggered my fascination for fire – I’d be getting as close to it as possible. Nowadays I still play with fire, to shape my creations in porcelain, glass and silver.
I studied industrial design in Antwerp, I have always felt the need to create. I learned to work with glass, wood, silver and clay in different evening classes which I followed over the years. My time in Ireland brought me a love for handmade ceramics and when I discovered porcelain clay, I realised I had found my passion. Soon I developped a unique style, which comes from deep inside, I work very intuitely. I also love being triggered by stories for custom pieces, it is a joy to create such personal items.
So why the name, Two Trees? Well they are a symbol for life, creation and creativity. Two Trees logo is therefor inspired by the Celtic tree of life. I think it’s important to give something back to the world. So I decided to sponsor seedlings, which are planted by the Sumatran Orangutan Society. Up to now, I donated over 120 trees.