When the two of us
met in the autumn of 1956 and discovered that we both
wanted to become potters,
we could not have the remotest idea, that once our studio
would have a window to the world.
In a tiny no-daylight basement room we installed a kick
wheel and a small electric kiln.
Next we brought in some clay and the basic glaze
materials and there we stood in our first workshop.
It held just enough space for one at a time to work, but
offered ample room for the companion to encourage.
From the start we welcomed what came out of each other's
Onto what an inspiring ground we had stumbled, we
understood only later.
While our hands became surer,
our studio grew, our craft became art, and our pots
Along with this each could develop particular talents.
After Johnny bought paper and the required materials,
first drawings and monotypes then etchings and gouaches
began to populate her studio in periods.
Jan became good at composing and preparing clay bodies,
at adapting kilns, at developing special firing methods
and at making contact with people.
Since we decided to go the path
of our lives together, we often made long journeys and
sometimes we worked abroad.
In the countryside we built a second studio with a salt
and another gas kiln for reduction.
We worked our little piece of land and enjoyed our self
grown fruits and vegetables.
During the Morra years our Amsterdam studio's remained
our real base.
For many years our studios were on the canal of the
Kloveniersburgwal in the centre of the old city.
Alas, that in 1960s and 70s calm island became more and
Now you find us in a quiet coach house on a broad green
street just outside Amsterdam's centre.
A small garden adds colour to many a working day, and, so
we hope, to our work as well.
This website shows
images of our recent work and of works of an earlier date,
accompanied with some text.
May we also share with you some facts and memories which
could be of interest.
Please know that questions or comments will be much