With sculpting Franciscus found he could now and again avoid the difficult abstraction to working three dimensions into a flat surface. Of course new challenges manifested themselves. Without a frame or background the figures have to tell the ‘story’ on their own and should be able to work in a variety of environments. Figures from all ages and times appear, some of them inspired by artworks of his beloved old masters.


Making ceramic sculptures was introduced to Franciscus by Dutch ceramist Carolijn Smit. Franciscus stayed with her several times in her Belgian studio and received spontaneous master classes from her.The medium of clay astonishes Franciscus in a similar way to painting because of the simplicity and the earthly nature of the material.


Choosing bronze gives the chance to create objects and figures on extreme small bases. Sometimes the figures seem to literally want to rise from their pedestals.