Welcome to The Pottery Parade!
My name is Sandra Apperloo and I am the potter behind The Pottery Parade. I create all my ceramics by hand from my studio located in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
I love colors and patterns. I have a weak spot for pastel shades, I like to sculpt tiny eyes, paint weird freckles and I challenge myself to try out new fun things all the time. From the biggest vase to the tiniest dish, I put love, thought and effort in every single piece I create. Unloading my ceramics from the kiln gives me the best feeling ever. I love to see how the different characters turn out after the firings!
I hope my works make people laugh and daydream. I hope they distract from daily businesses, leave warm feelings and tickle imaginations.
I hardly create plans or designs before I start working on a piece. I usually decide on the shape when I am building it, finding what feels good at that moment. This is the case for every part of the process: shaping, sculpting, choosing the colors and painting the patterns. It helps me to stay open minded and try out new things, which I feel is really important in my work.
I currently create pots, bud vases, bowls and dishes and I will start working on Christmas tree ornaments soon (I have been looking forward to that this entire year!). Most of my pots are thrown on the pottery wheel and I started getting into hand building more with my weirdo bud vases. The clay slib I currently use to decorate my items is designed by Suus Notenboom from Noot & Swart Ceramics.
Noot & Swart Ceramics is also the team that introduced me to pottery. I have learned so, so much about clay from them and could not have walked this road without their support. I recommend everyone who is curious about ceramics to give them a visit or follow one of their superfun courses!
As each of my items is made entirely by hand, each is unique and has it's own quirky little personality. Handmade ceramics are never perfect. I believe it's an important part of their character. When you are interested in purchasing one of the pieces in my shop, please read the descriptions carefully before doing so.
I hope you will enjoy my ceramics as much as I do creating them!