Moné Ceramics & Art
“What is not to love?! I get to play with mud all day long!”
Moné van Rooyen is a stay at home mom of two (with one on the way) who has taken a passion for pottery and turned into a successful business
Owner of Moné Ceramics & Art, last year Moné turned her back on her job as Learning Support facilitator to spend more time with her kids and follow her creative dream. “I do pottery from home, if and when my children give me a gap. Otherwise I spend long hours at night painting and glazing products.”
We chat to Moné about her life changes and love for ceramics.
How did you get into ceramics? I have always loved art, and would’ve loved to study art – but things worked out differently. So I only started with pottery five years ago, shortly after my daughter’s birth. I felt the need to do something creative. I started with classes once a week and slowly built up my own studio.
What do you love making? I go through different stages, but if I had to choose it would be something to do with children products like plates or tiles for nurseries, mobiles etc. I still have a lot of plans to where I want to take the children’s ceramics, but for now I’m taking it slow.
Tell me more about your kids products? I have always been drawn to paintings and drawings that children love like. book illustrations. I decided why not paint something on a plate that tells a story; something kids will enjoy either eating out of or hanging in their room. So I started making and painting plates for cousins and friends’ children. I have started with matching bowls and spoons too. I also make mobiles and small tiles which can be framed for nurseries and kids rooms.
What else do you make? I have been making platters of different sizes, salad bowls, plates, tiles to frame, different planters, pots and earrings. I have also been in collaboration with KOP, where I make small ceramic skulls. With pottery the sky’s the limit.
Where is your studio? At the moment we are busy rebuilding my studio at our house in Alkmaar. It’s the most beautiful space and I can’t wait to see the end product and get to work there.
How can we buy your products? Have a look at my website and social media accounts to see what is available. Otherwise if you have something specific in mind and you like my style, give me a call or send me an email.
Favourite part about your job? What is not to love?! I get to play with mud all day long! But more seriously, I love the process. I love seeing how a lump of clay can actually transform into something beautiful and sharing it with people who appreciate my work.
Most challenging part? I think it took me a while to accept that I can’t rush the process. I had to accept that clay has a life of its own – whatever you think the end result is going to be, it’s not. So some days it can be very challenging and other days it is also exciting to see how different a product turns out to be.
FYI! When my studio is finished I am planning on having days where whoever is interested can come to enjoy the pottery experience. I would also love to have mommy-and-me classes where moms can bring their little ones and get messy. Keep an eye out on social media for dates and times.
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