Francisca pouring porcelain plate

About

Hello, I am Francisca Snel, I am multidisciplinary visual artist based in the Netherlands. 

Before I started as fulltime artist in 2023 I had a varied career in logistics and the energy sector. 

I’ve always had a passion for working with my hands. I decided to combine the two and started my studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, from which I graduated with a degree in Product Design in 2023. 

Currently I have my studio in Friesland and live in an over a century old house which I renovated completely. Besides that I enjoy driving my Moto Guzzi V7 Anniversary motorbike, playing the harp and biking. 

Intrigued by the technical possibilities and limitations of materials and production processes I like to stretch the boundaries of what is possible. 

My perseverance and analytical approach help me to fully understand the material’s characteristics and potential. Combined with in-depth knowledge of the craft and technical process, I manipulate the material which lead to interesting and unexpected results. 

This can be see in the glass panels, giving a familiair feeling of stained glass in a contemporary version. The overlapping glass colours allow for a new visual reading of different transparencies and richness in the material, capturing the quality and effect  of stained glass in one material. 

Despite the complexity in the creation of the objects, the objects appear simple in form. I prefer to work with durable and environmentally friendly materials , which can be see in my projects with ceramics, glass and linoleum. 

User convenience and interaction are at the core of my designs. Often the user becomes part of the design process and is invited to interact with the object. 

A clear example of this is the Square Garden Vase, in which the shape of the vase is based on a modular system that allows for flexibility to meet the flowers’ and user’s liking. In this way the design can withstand time and stay interesting, as it is always unique. 

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