Mels Boom (Nijmegen, 1943): designer, ceramist and writer. I studied design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (1970) and law at Utrecht University (1979). Besides my job as a designer I studied marketing (1983) and organized an international design award (1998-2006). My passion is to express myself. I do that through ceramics, painting, writing and photography.
My first introduction to ceramics was at the Design Academy, where I was taught by Henk Verberkmoes. At my graduation I received the Mosa Award in 1970 for lamps in ceramics. After having worked as a designer for many years, I chose ceramics as important activity in 1997, took lessons (Dorothée Vrijdag), followed a number of workshops (Delorme, Rosenzweig, Rossman, Koj, Ostermann), did an artist-in-residence in Rufford and started exhibiting (including e.g. Theemaas, le Pignon, New Beerenburg, ceramics markets).
I am and have been also active in other areas of ceramics: I was webmaster of keramiek.startpagina.nl, Dutch ceramics link site, I was chairman of the Clay & Hobby Foundation and editor of the Dutch ceramic magazine KLEI. In this magazine for amateur and professional ceramists I wrote mainly on technical subjects. One of those is the series Decoration Techniques. With these articles I endeavour to inspire readers and stimulate them to ‘step outside their ceramic frame of mind’.
Meanwhile, three books of mine on decorating techniques and basic techniques have been published.