Around 1986 Wim Borst starts to use plexiglass. He uses it as a layer of division between the two parts of an object, while at the same time they function as a line.
To divide and connect remains the theme of his work. Thanks to the plexiglass the objects become more spatial and the use of colour becomes more important. In this period architecture is the main source of inspiration.


Vase,1986                                                          Kunstobject als onderscheiding, 1987
h19 cm                                                              ceramics/plexiglass h19,5 cm
coll. Frans Halsmuseum Haarlem                          coll. City of Bloemendaal collection           
photographer: Johan van der Veer                        photographer: Johan van der Veer

From 1986 to 1990 all objects are black, combined with clear plexiglass. The character of the objects is architectonic, although he is also interested in the theme of the 'teapot'

Wingvase, 1989                                                Teapot, 1987
ceramics/plexiglass h12 cm                                ceramics/plexiglass h18.5cm
photographer: Johan van der Veer                       photographer: Johan van der Veer

After visiting Paris the use of colour returns cautiously, first gray’s and then yellow, blue and turquoise - also in the plexiglass.

Entrance I, 1991                                                Roof I, 1991
ceramics/plexiglass h19 cm                                ceramics, two parts, h9 cm  
photographer: Johan van der Veer                       photographer: Johan van der Veer



In 2004 Wim Borst focused on the circle. The ‘Connection’ series, started in 2004, consists of (fragments of) circles which he joins in pairs in a clever way. The objects are usually built up out of loose parts which seem, like magnets, to either attract or repulse one another. The symmetrical compositions gain even more tension because they are often off plumb.

Connections Series 12, 2004                         Connections Series 14, 2004
two parts, h11 cm                                        two parts, h14 cm
photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg              photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg

In the subtle ‘Circle’ series, started in 2005, the theme is once again the manipulation of the perspective. Wim Borst for example turned over and split the bottom of a dish-like object that already tilted towards the right.


Circles Series 6, 2005
h10.5 cm
photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg   

Wim Borst often resumes earlier series, such as these objects in the 2007 ‘Circle’ series.
He broadened or shifted the edges, or cut out circle segments and placed these back at a different angle. Almost like a deconstructivist architect, whose buildings look like they have been broken down and rebuild in a not quite appropriate way. Blue, white and grey mat glazes further intensify the contrast and detail, as with the ‘Connection’ series.

Circles Series 26, 2007                                   Circles Series 29, 2007                               
h24.5 cm                                                      h11.5 cm
photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg                photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg


The square suddenly returns in the ‘Rectangular’ series. Wim Borst started to put square slabs on top of circles. This lead to numerous fusions of the circle, the square and their three-dimensional counterparts, the cylinder and the cube. One of the first objects from this series, Rectangular Series 2, 2005, received the Prize of the Town of Vallauris at the 2006 International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Southern France.

Rectangular Series,2,  2005 
h16 cm
‘Prix de la Ville de la Vallauris, 2006', XIX International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics     
coll. Musée Magnelli, Musée de la Céramique Vallauris Golfe-Juan (FR)
photographer: Claude Germain

Prize-giving ceremony by jury chair Clara Scremini, Vallauris, 1 July 2006

Stephan Hasslinger (DE) "Grand Prix de la Ville de la Vallauris",  
Wim Borst (NL) Prix de la Ville de la Vallauris, Section, "Le contenant",     
Caroline Andrin (FR) Prix de la Ville de la Vallauris, Section, "Design",
Rebecca Catterall (GB), "Prix de la relève, jeune céramiste de moins de 35 ans",
Frank Louis (DE) Prix de la Ville de la Vallauris, Section, "Céramique Architecturale, sculpturale ou conceptuelle".

In the object Rectangular Series 9, 2006, two cubes transform into a cylinder. This series can be read as a collection of three-dimensional interpretations of Ad Dekkers’ reliefs from the 1960s, while also evoking associations of monumental spaces such as factory buildings and grain silos.

Rectangular Series 9, 2006                              Rectangular Series 16, 2006    
h19cm                                                           h16cm
photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg                 photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg

Acquisition by the Ceramics museum Het Princessehof
, Leeuwarden, of an object from the ‘Rectangular’ series, through gallery Eewal, Leeuwarden, 2006.

Rectangular Series 7, 2005          
h16.5 cm
coll. Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden.
photographer: Erik & Petra Hesmerg

Acquisition by the Delta Lloyd Kunstcollectie, Amsterdam of ‘Oval shape I, 2001’.

Oval shape I, 2001    
h17 cm
coll. Delta Lloyd Kunstcollectie, Amsterdam


Solo presentation in the Ceramics museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden.
Under the title ‘Levenswerk (Life’s work) 06’ - Wim Borst the solo presentation opened in May 2008 in the Ceramics museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden
(18 May 2008 - 4 January 2009).
The exhibition also included a video interview.

L. nr. 336 1994, nr. 206 1990,                       nr. 110 1986,  h19 cm 
nr. 110 1986, nr. 27 1984, nr.88 1978            
coll. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

[‘With ‘Levenswerk (Life’s work),  want to illustrate the varied development of Dutch ceramics during the last century. These solo presentations have a personal dimension as well, by showing a life in which ceramics is at the centre. Insight is provided by objects and a video interview. Ceramists Han Boerrigter, Maggi Giles, Sonja Landweer, Marja Hooft and Johan van Loon have previously participated in this successful series.’] from the announcement of the Ceramics museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden

Blue Facade, 1992                                       Reliquary I, 1996
ceramics/plexiglass h 18 cm                         three parts, ceramics/plexiglass h17 cm
coll. Keramiekmuseum Princessehof,

Collar Series 11, 2003, h23 cm                     Cone Series 13, 2007, h20 cm  
Cylinder Series 2, 2004, h13 cm     
Loggia Series 6, 2003, h34 cm

‘Freedom lies in limitations’ is the maxim that seems to hold for Wim Borst from the beginning of his artistry. It is a motto that appears strict and, as he himself sighed, ‘Calvinistic’. However, this basis has led him to an exceptionally fruitful method of working.’] 

This opening sentence is written by Frederic Baas in Keramika magazine, published by the Ceramics museum Het Princessehof. Nr 2 2008.


2008 was an exceptionally busy year, partly because of the preparation of the publication ‘Wim Borst  keramiek/ceramics’, with the corresponding overview exhibition in the Haarlem Art Centre at the end of October. For this exhibition Wim Borst designed a lot of new work. In the new Counterpoint series he stacks cylinders on top of each other, sometimes with a pattern of repeating lines on the ground form.

Counterpoint Series 4, 2008                            Counterpoint Series 3, 2008
h14 cm                                            
             h22 cm
                                                                   Collection: Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf

A striking feature is the use of a bright blue colour which enforces the ‘contrary movement’ within the object.  In several objects the subtle use of plexiglass returns. 

Counterpoint Series 11, 2008                            detail
ceramics/plexiglass h24 cm

Counterpoint Series 9, 2008                             Counterpoint Series 6, 2008
ceramics/plexiglass h19 cm                              h21 cm                       

During the spring of 2009 Wim Borst worked on a new collection for a solo exhibition at Terra Gallery Delft.

Terra Gallery, Delft, May 2009

In the recent Counterpoint series he stacks nearly identical ground forms while letting these skip.

Counterpoint Series 14, 2009                       Counterpoint Series 17, 2009
h25cm                                                       h24cm

Counterpoint Series 12, 2009                       Counterpoint Series 13, 2009
h21cm                                                       h21.5cm

The Rectangular series, started in 2005, is resumed. In this series, cubes and cylinders fuse in a beautiful way. New features are the deep blue and signal red glazes and engobes. Dark-glazed interior spaces are reminiscent of images of Anish Kapoor. The new work is therefore received enthusiastically by visitors of the exhibition. 

Rectangular Series 33, 2009                         idem
h22.5 cm

Rectangular Series 31, 2009                         detail
h34 cm

'Collect', Saatchi Gallery, London.
Terra Gallery Delft presented his work at, amongst others, The international art fair for contemporary objects 'Collect'.  


'Collect', Saatchi Gallery, London, 14 - 17 May 2009.