Wouter Dam (° The Nederlands, 1957), together with a.o. Barbara Nanning, Irene Vonk, Geert Lap and Babs Haenen, belongs to a successful group of artists trained by Jan van der Vaart at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. These ceramists have in common that they are playing with, and sometimes leaving, the classic pot form. Attention goes to expressivity of form and skin by means of colour and texture, interaction between hollow and convex and the effect of light and shadow.
Wouter Dam's lying shapes came into being after far-reaching experiments with thrown vessel shapes which became so asymmetric that he decided to eliminate the foot. After that he created forms that were open on both sides. The assemblage of different thrown pieces and added slabs became more complex with the years. Wouter Dam says in this respect: “ The abstract ceramic sculptures that I make at the moment, are the result of a quest that started off with traditional pots that were altered in a minimalist way, but slowly became more open and complex and now only consist of curling strips of clay, barely disclosing the pot origin. In spite of its appearance one can still trace back the process of making the pieces on the potters wheel. This makes the work very tactile and almost anthropomorphic. Colours are chosen to enhance the sculpture; the pigments are simply rubbed in to the surface so as to add nothing more than necessary. “
Wouter Dam's work is represented by the leading ceramic galleries and museums in Europe, Japan and the United States.