About Me

Picture of Aster wearing a black turtleneck and a bright yellow apron.
I was born on a Wednesday in 1991. Two years later, my sister stole my thunder by arriving the day before my birthday and we’ve been a close-knit duo ever since. Some twenty-two years after that, I graduated from Theatre Studies at Utrecht University, having previously studied costume design at Utrecht School of Arts. I’m currently hard at work in my tiny pottery studio, crafting handmade tableware and fermentation weights. I’ve always worked alongside my studies, amongst other things as a vegan chef. Since then, I’ve integrated the durational aspects of embroidery into slow recipes and fermentation, be it sourdough, nut-based cheesemaking with mould (the good kind), or various fermented drinks. I am sharing the recipes (in Dutch) one by one at Smashing Dishes. There you’ll also find a vegan helpline, where you can get in touch with all your baking and cooking questions.

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Education:

Utrecht University (UU) — MA Theatre Studies, 2015-2016 (3.81 GPA)

Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) — BA Theatre Design, 2009-2013 (with Honours)

Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht (CGU) — 2003-2009

Work & experience:

I’m currently working as director/recipe developer at smashingdishes.nl and building a pottery studio step by step.

My sister and I worked together as vegan caterers at Zus&Zo from 2009-2021.

Past projects and designs are featured on the portfolio page, including written works with a summary. A more encompassing summary of my MA thesis was published in the 9th issue of Danswetenschap in Nederland.

Other:

IELTS says that my English is as good as it can get according to their test: Band 9, Expert User. My French and German are nowhere near as good, but I did take them in high school. My Spanish is purely fictional.