Hanka Wolterstorff has been creating and exhibiting ceramic art for 25 years now. Her interest in ceramics started as a young girl in the Netherlands, when she spent many hours watching a local potter create beautiful pottery in his workshop. Years later in Suriname, around 1980, she started taking lessons from a famous Surinamese ceramic artist, Ted Heymans. She continued her training at the studio and art school of Surinamese artist Soeki Irodikromo.
Her intricately molded abstract sculptures are usually made from several thin, delicate slabs of clay. While creating a sculpture Hanka has no predefined design in mind but just an idea for the sub shapes. The final composition and meaning gradually take shape as the individually handcrafted pieces are put together. Working with local clay and other local materials, such as wood, is a great priority for the artist.
Her message is that beautiful modern art does not have to come from abroad, but that in our own country, with our own abundant resources and talents, remarkable things can be created. Transforming a simple base material like clay into an intriguing piece of art is an irresistible challenge to Hanka Wolterstorff.
In 2018 work from Hanka was included in the exhibition 6 x 6 Ceramic Tile, an exhibition in the IDB Staff Association Art Gallery in Washington DC, a curated exhibition with works from ceramic artists from IDB member countries.
2018: Participated in the exhibition "6 X 6 Ceramic Tile", IDB Staff Association Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA with curator Rinaldo Klas
2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2019 TNF ''Special Art Gifts", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of March "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 TNF of August "Hanka Wolterstorff", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 About Change, World Bank, Washington DC, USA