Karen Steenbergen

2021 Calendar Competition

Karen Steenbergen

‘Hooded Plovers in Flight ‘

Porcelain, found wood, power cord and bulb

25cm x 30cm




Seeing my first group of Hooded Plovers scurrying on Whites Beach during lockdown was a delight and an unexpected experience on one of my daily beach walks. Using the ancient Japanese Ceramic technique of Nerikomi, I created a serious of Hooded Plovers flight.


How does your work engage with the theme ‘The World at Home’?

‘ Hooded Plovers in Flight’, was inspired by a rare sighting of a group of Hooded Plovers scurrying along White’s beach and flying around intermittently on a very wet, windy and wild day, during lockdown, when the beach had very few humans on it. I felt privileged to see them and so glad I braved the wild weather on this day, as I stuck to my ‘world at home’ routine of my daily walk. Through rain and wind, these walks helped raise my mood and provide some structure to my often structureless days. I wanted to hold onto the delight of seeing the Hooded Plovers and capture that feeling in abstract coloured versions of Hooded Plovers to bring that warmth and joy inside my home during the isolated dark winter nights.