Tired of spending too much time behind the computer, Ine started working in the ceramics workshop of the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam in between teaching hours, in 2016. Around the same time she has been living part-time in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where she worked in the studio of one of Britain’s leading studio potters, David Fry. Fry inspired her to experiment with glaze and shards of broken wine bottles, ideas she implemented working in Rotterdam. In some of those objects the melted glass and glaze seem to emerge like small pools of water in frosty abstract landscapes or animals. Poppe likes to combine rough shapes with wasted glass like broken safety glass. She created primitive Janus heads, jellyfish or a devil head as tulip vase. Because Poppe works in two countries she has access to different kind of kilns: in Newcastle the kiln is handmade by David Fry (with a single gas burner), in Rotterdam she uses an electric kiln. When one of her artist friends visited Poppe’s house and saw her ceramics, her guest asked if she was collecting outsider art. According to Poppe: a big compliment.
BIO Ine Poppe, based in Amsterdam (NL) and Newcastle (UK), is renowned artist and journalist (for NRC Handelsblad) and since 2016 also a ceramicist, working at the studio of David Fry, one of Britain’s leading studio potters, and in the ceramic studio at the Willem de Kooning Academy where she also teaches at the Hacking Art department, which she founded in 2012.
Poppe attended art school in Utrecht, was an intern in Hamburg and studied Dutch literature in Amsterdam. She became internationally renowned for her art project Mother Cheese Milk, in the 1980s. Poppe wrote the TV script for Necrocam: death online, directed by Dana Nechustan (prize for best drama script European Broadcasting Union -EBU- 2002). She directed the documentary Hippies From Hell (2004) about the group of hackers and activists that introduced the internet in the Netherlands and Them Fucking Robots (2014) about the Canadian robot artist Norman White. She also wrote scenarios for computer games
Poppe wrote for Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad for more than ten years about Art & Technology. Recently she presented ‘Teeth‘ a documentary about her obsession with teeth and culture (at several dental symposia; Eye Film Theatre Amsterdam; RTV Utrecht; Kunsthal Rotterdam). She wrote the screenplay for The Modular Body, a transmedial project with Dutch artist Floris Kaayk. This project was awarded with a ‘Gouden Kalf’—the Dutch equivalent of an Emmy award—for the best interactive project of 2016.