Lei Hannen (Limburg, 1954) is a Dutch artist. He studied Applied Nature and Chemistry, which was the basis of his career. As a fourteen-year-old he built a darkroom and experimented with photographic techniques.
With the increase in technological development and the associated investments, the interest in this art form ebbed away further and further. Around the age of thirty he discovered the ceramics as an art form. He followed courses or internships with a number of professional ceramists. The ceramic process, which for him is synonymous with the game of elements, appeals to him strongly.
He does not experience these imposed natural laws as a burden, but rather as a metaphor for the power of the elements with the associated respect. It puts it in perspective. In this creative process he experiences as a privilege. The creative element in the process of becoming is also a reflection of the freedom that he considers indispensable. Freedom that you must fight.
The experiences linger together like a string. Every link is an essential part. Each and every one must be thoroughly understood as a basis for a new challenge.
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